Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nova' / Nova Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nova' is a fast-growing, narrowly conical selection of Lawson cypress with bright yellow foliage. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) or more in height and two-thirds as wide, suggesting an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1969 by Elemér Barabits of Sopron, Hungary. The original plant can still be seen at Barabits' Lővér Pinetum.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nova' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nova' — an attractive mature plant.
Photo by Bill Barger