Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen' / Silver Queen Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen' is a large growing, open conical tree form of Lawson cypress with green foliage, tipped with silver-white new growth in spring that later fades to yellow-green and gray. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will stand 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 9 inches (15 - 22 cm).

This is an old cultivar of unknown origin, first described by Ludwig Beissner in 1891. It is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom.

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen' — a nicely maintained older specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen' — a typical mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger

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