Chamaecyparis: planting, pruning and maintenance advice

Chamaecyparis is a very beautiful conifer with a very decorative appearance, often called Lawson’s false cypress.

It is used as an ornamental tree or as a softwood hedge.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Family  Cupressaceae
Type  Conifer

 2 to 20 m
Exhibition  : Sunny
Sol  : Ordinary

 : Persistent

Planting of Chamaecyparis

It is best to plant it in the fall to encourage rooting, but you can also plant it until spring, but outside the frost period.

  • The Chamaecyparis likes sunny situations but tolerates half-shade.
  • The soil must be well drained and deep
  • Follow our planting tips .

Pruning, maintenance of Chamaecyparis

You can equalize 1-2 times if necessary. Clean at the end of winter.

The Chamaecyparis is very supportive of pruning, which allows you to shape it as you wish and cut it as often as you like to keep its shape.

Watering the Chamaecyparis :

Water regularly during the first 2 years after planting, if it does not rain of course.

Afterwards, it will only need to be watered in case of prolonged drought or high temperatures.

During the first few seasons, you can add conifer fertilizer to promote good development.

About Chamaecyparis

The Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a genus of the Cupressaceae family and it remains very close to the cypress both in shape and foliage.

It tolerates cold and frost well, making it a hardy conifer for all regions.

It comes in a wide variety of shapes and colours, which also makes it a beautiful ornamental tree.

We owe his name Lawson to the famous Scottish botanist, not because he discovered him but because Murray, another botanist, gave him that name as a tribute to him.

Diseases and parasites of Chamaecyparis

If you see that some of the branches of your Chamaecyparis are beginning to brown and dry out and that this tends to spread, it is certainly a canker that needs to be treated as soon as possible.