Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Blue Surprise'
Common name: 
Blue Surprise Falsecypress
kam-e-SIP-a-ris la-so-ni-A-na
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, columnar dwarf, dense, upright erect branches, spiraled habit, may grow 10-20 cm per year and reach 6 ft tall and 1.5 ft wide (1.8 × 0.5 m) in 10 years; leaves are juvenile (thin, sharp needels) and powder blue.
  • Sun
  •   Hardy to USDA Zone 5     Found as a seedling by Anthony P.J. de Beer in Tilburg, Holland.
  • It is advisable that this selection is grafted onto a root stock that is resistant to Phytophthora lateralis, a disease organism that has caused the demise of many Chamaecyparis lawsoniana over the last few decades.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

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    branchlets, leaves