Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii' / Wissel's Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii' is a large, narrowly conical tree-form of Lawson cypress with stout, erect branching and unusual cristate branchlets with coarse, gray-green foliage. Add added attraction is a short display of bright red pollen cones in early spring. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 feet (4 - 6 m) tall, an annual growth rate of 15 to 20 inches (40 - 60 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1885 by F. van der Wissel Nursery, Epe, The Netherlands. To this day, it is still a very popular plant in the nursery trade.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii' — a nice mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii' — a closeup showing a bloom of pollen cones.
Photo by Bill Barger