About This Plant

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, commonly known as Lawson Cypress, is a coniferous tree celebrated for its elegant form and aromatic qualities. The bark of young trees is smooth, reddish-brown, and exudes a subtle resinous fragrance. As the tree matures, the bark develops a distinctive shreddy texture, peeling away in thin, vertical strips to reveal a reddish-brown to greyish-brown inner bark. This shedding bark not only adds visual interest but also contributes to the tree’s resilience against diseases and pests.

The Story

Leaf

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, commonly known as Lawson Cypress or Port Orford Cedar, features scale-like leaves arranged in flattened sprays. The leaves are evergreen, exhibiting a vibrant green colour. Each scale is small, typically about 2 to 5 millimetres in length, and has a soft texture. The leaves release a pleasant fragrance when crushed; the scale-like arrangement creates a dense and feathery foliage

Produce

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana produces small cones as its reproductive structures. The cones are often about 1 to 1.5 centimetres in diameter and have distinctive scales. These cones start out green and eventually turn brown as they mature. Each cone contains seeds, and when mature, the cones release these seeds to facilitate reproduction. Lawson cypress trees are typically dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees. Female trees produce the cones, while male trees release pollen for fertilization.
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