Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Nymph' / Ellwood's Nymph Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Nymph' is a very slow growing, globose to dwarf conical selection of Lawson cypress with soft, gray-green juvenile foliage. Because of the ultra-dense foliage, a plant can be difficult to maintain in good form in parts of the world with wet, snowy winters, as it tends to break open in harsh conditions. At maturity, a 10-year-old specimen will measure 12 to 15 inches (30 - 38 cm) tall and slightly less wide, an annual growth rate of only an inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1983 by Douglas Loundes of MacPenny’s Nursery, Branscore, United Kingdom.

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Nymph' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Nymph' — a perfect, yet diminutive mature plant.
Photo by Bill Barger

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