Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lane' / Lane Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lane' is a popular, broadly pyramidal, moderately fast-growing, selection of Lawson cypress with dense branching holding golden foliage that fully cloaks the tree from top to bottom. The golden color is at its most intense on the most sun-exposed parts of the plant, while shaded parts of the foliage will be muted to chartreuse to light green.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of nearly 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1930s by H. Lane and Son’s Nursery, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Occasionally, one will see this conifer listed under the Latinized cultivar name, 'Lanei', which, given the year of selection, should probably be its correct name.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lane' — an old specimen in a large botanical garden in the U.K.
Photo by Ioannis Patlis


Louise Keil

Developed by H. Lane & Son's Nurseries, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England in the 19th century. Research into this nursery (c1777 - c1959) is ongoing and little more is known about this currently (13/01/2021).

David Olszyk

thanks for this information, Louise. Is there any evidence that this cultivar is extant in any garden anywhere? Many of these ancient cultivars no longer exist.

Ronald Schlak

'Lane ' was prominent in Adrian Bloom's garden in his book .
I admired it mucho

David Olszyk

cool. Now we just need somebody with a camera, then we can get it written up.