Cupressus macrocarpa 'Chandleri' / Chandler's Monterey cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Chandleri' is a narrow, upright selection of Monterey cypress with irregular, spiral branching, and attractive, very dark-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall and 1.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate in excess of 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the 1980s by Australian nurseryman, Peter Nitschke and introduced to the nursery trade by Chandlers Nursery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. One should note that, since this conifer originated well after 1959, the Latinized use of 'Chandleri' as a cultivar name shouldn't have been allowed; but since it's well-known in the nursery trade by this name, it's not likely to change.

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Chandleri' — an outstanding mature specimen in a private garden in California. This may very well be the oldest example on American soil.
Photo by Sara Malone
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Chandleri' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sara Malone



What is the maximum height? Will it grow larger than 12' high?

Maxwell Cohn

conifers don't really have a "maximum height." They grow at a specific rate for many decades, if not, centuries. In the case of 'Chandleri', it will grow 12 inches a year for a very long time.