Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lycopodioides' / Lawson cypress in the style of club moss

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lycopodioides' is a peculiar selection of Lawson cypress with twisted, corkscrew-like contorted, filamentous branching and adpressed gray-green foliage. After 10 years, a mature plant will stand 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 1875 by A.M.C. van der Elst, Tottenham Nursery, Dedemsvaart, The Netherlands. The name "Lycopodioides" translates into "like Lycopodium," one of the club mosses.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lycopodioides' — a big mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lycopodioides' — a closeup of foliage detail. .
Photo by Bill Barger