Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wisselii'
Wissel's Lawson Cypress
Wissel's Port Orford Cedar
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen, slender tree with a distinctive jagged silhouette of upright branches; branchlets end in congested tufts of bluish to gray-green foliage. Its reddish male pollen cones are prominent in spring; it produces many female cones. In 10 years a specimen may reach 12 to 18 feet (4 – 6 m) tall.
- Sun or partial shade. Prefers well-drained, moist soil; shelter from winds.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 It originated in about 1885 at a forestry station in Tharandt, Germany. In 1888 in was named after F. van der Wissel, a nurseryman of Epe, The Netherlands (Jacobson).
- More recently a sport derived from C. lawsoniana ‘Wisselii’ in Holland is available as ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’. It has a main stem and arm-like stems that together recall the arrangement of a Saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantean.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south entrance to the Student Experience Center on Jefferson Ave.