Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pygmy' / Pygmy Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pygmy' is a dense-growing flattened globose selection of Lawson cypress with rich dark-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 - 4 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selection in 1968 by George Jackman & Son Nursery, Woking, United Kingdom. There is a second named cultivar of this species seen listed as C. lawsoniana 'Pygmaea.' It is unknown whether the two are synonymous or simply an unfortunate coincidence.

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pygmy' — a healthy, choice, mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger

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