Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pelt's Blue' / Pelt's Blue Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pelt's Blue' is a very narrow, columnar tree from of Lawson cypress. It is similar to Ch. lawsoniana `Columnaris Glauca,' but with more intense deep-Blue foliage, arguably one of the best Blue conifers available in the nursery trade. Note that like 'Columnaris' and its derivatives, 'Pelt's Blue' is very prone to Phytophthera lateralis, a root-borne fungal plague. In areas where this problem is prevalent, always seek out specimens grafted onto disease-resistant (DR) understock.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 15 feet (3 - 5 m) tall and 28 to 26 inches (70 - 90 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm).

This cultivar originated 1984 at Hinrich Kordes Nursery, Bilsen Germany and introduced to the nursery trade by van Pelt's Nursery, Belgium. It is also seen listed under the names, 'Van Pelt's Blue' and 'AFF Van Pelt's Blue.'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pelt's Blue' — a young plant.
Photo by Bill Barger

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