Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Also known as: Port Orford Cedar

Native: California, Oregon

Location: Planted with its many cultivated forms in gardens and parks in Europe and N. america. Also grown for timber in N. America and occasionally in Europe.

May reach 60m in the wild though usually half in cultivation. The cultivated varieties have distinctive tree shapes and foliage colours.


Foliage usually has scale leaves closely pressed to twigs.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Male cones are produced all over the tree and shed pollen in March. Females are tiny green and open at the same time.

Mature Cones

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Mature cones are about 10mm with eight scales turning brown when ripe.