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CHAMAECYPARIS lawsoniana 'Lutea Nana'

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Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS lawsoniana 'Lutea Nana'

Plant Common Name

Lawson's Falsecypress

General Description

Short flattened sprays of bright yellow foliage clothe this dwarf selection of a majestic evergreen conifer from the far western United States. The tiny, scale-like, golden-yellow to greenish-yellow leaves clasp and overlap along tightly bunched branchlets, forming upright sprays of foliage. Bruised leaves emit a pungent resinous odor. Globular when young, this cultivar eventually forms a conical head-high shrub.

Grow 'Lutea Nana' in full to partial sun and moist well-drained soil. It will fail in soggy or clay soil. It tolerates cold winters and dislikes hot parched conditions. This small shrub is excellent in the mixed border or foundation bed, either singly or grouped as an edging. Its small size suits it for containers and bonsai use.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Native To

    Northwestern United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No