Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'White Spot'

Chamacyparis lawsoniana 'White Spot' is a columnar tree-form of Lawson cypress with random marbling of white variegation. New spring growth flushes white, later fading to green by summer. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a sport found in 1943 on a specimen of Ch. lawsoniana 'Monumentalis Nova' by D.T. Poulsen Nursery, Copenhagen Denmark. It is known to be confused in the trade with Ch. lawsoniana 'Alumii Magnifica.'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'White Spot' — a typical mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'White Spot' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger


Catherine Jackson

I bought 24 Chamaecyparis white spot in a garden centre beg March. Planted them within two weeks and 5 plants are dying. After planting I water them well and have been watering them as we have no much rain at the moment. They look dry and brown at the end of the leaf. I am wondering what is the problem.
If someone could help me and give me advice. Many thanks.

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Catherine ... where are you? How hot has spring been so far? Are you plants grafted or grown from rooted cuttings. Is Phytophthera lateralis prevalent in your soil?