Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Drath Hexe' / Draht Hexe Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Drath Hexe' is a slow-growing stiff-textured, upright conical dwarf selection of Lawson cypress with small, congested, recurving gray-green foliage and numerous fasciations (cockscombs) at the tips. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 1 foot (30 cm) wide, an annual rate of growth of 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar as a witch's broom found in 1990 on a specimen of C. lawsoniana 'Drath' by Günther Eschrich, of Recklinghausen, Germany. The plant is almost universally seen listed as a cultivar of C obtusa, but examination of seed cones on the parent plant as well as a propensity for rooted propagated cuttings to die from Phytophthera lateralis strongly suggest that it is actually C. lawsoniana.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Draht Hexe' — a nice mature specimen at a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Draht Hexe' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger