Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' / Nana Argentea Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' is a broadly ovoid, densely branched dwarf selection of Lawson cypress with a silver-cream spring flush of foliage that later darkens to gray-green in summer. Once established a specimen will grow 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) annually. After 10 years of growth, expect a mature plant to measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide.

This is an old cultivar of unknown origin. It is thought to have originated in Germany and first described by Ludwig Beissner in 1884.

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' — a nice mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger

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