A slender North American conifer with dense foliage and lower branches arising at ground level. It is widely grown for timber and as an ornamental with many cultivars.
- Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, family Cupressaceae
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- Some such as the commonly used Leyland cypress and Lawson's cypress grow very fast, present maintenance problems and are visually intrusive.
- One of the plants to fare well just about anywhere is the common Lawson's cypress, which was introduced to Scotland in 1854 when seeds were sent from California to Edinburgh.
- At a time when Lawson's cypress is getting such a bad press for growing too big too fast, it is sometimes difficult to fathom the best alternatives.
mid 19th century: named after Peter Lawson (died 1820) and his son Charles (1794–1873), the Scottish nurserymen who first cultivated it.