Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula' / Imbricata Pendula Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula' is an fast-growing upright selection of Lawson cypress with extremely long filamentous, whipcord-like foliage. In the RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers, author Derek Spicer describes it as, "an unusual, but beautiful tree." After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall and nearly 6 feet (2 m) wide, suggesting an annual growth exceeding 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1930 by R. E. Harrison Nursery, Palmerston, New Zealand. It was originally thought to be very hard to propagate and was therefore not mass-produced and released to the nursery trade until significantly later by D. Teese, Australia.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula' — a magnificent mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger