Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome' / Gnome Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome' is a globose, very slow-growing dwarf bun-form of Lawson cypress with rich, deep green, crowded, semi-juvenile foliage. The crowded, congested foliage give the plant the appearance of a moss-covered rock. After 10 years of growth, a mature plant will measure only about 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around an inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 1950 by W. Hart, Warnham Court, United Kingdom and introduced to the nursery trade in 1968 by Don W. Hatch, Chantrey Nursery, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012 Kingsblue Press

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome' — a mature plant as may by typically found in a home garden.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome' — a very old plant in public garden.
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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger