Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Jones' / Jones Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Jones' is an upright growing pyramidal form of Lawson cypress with bright yellow foliage that stands up well to full sun and doesn't fade to green in partial shade. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, suggesting an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling sourced from C. lawsoniana 'Reefton', selected in the early 1970s by J.N. Anderson, Napier, New Zealand and named for F. Jones, owner of the seed parent. It was later introduced to the nursery trade in 1972 by Duncan and Davies Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. It is sometimes seen listed under the Latinized cultivar name 'Jonesii', which would be illegitimate based on post-1959 naming rules.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Jones' — a nice grouping of mature plants.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Jones' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger