Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' / dwarf silver Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Argentea' is a dwarf, broadly ovoid, densely branched 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, one can 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.

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

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