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Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Rimpelaar'

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Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Rimpelaar') at Shonnard's Nursery

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress foliage

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Oregon Cedar, Port Orford Cedar

Description:

A perfect accent to the garden or landscape; a very slow growing miniature variety, producing tightly packed sprays of powder blue new foliage that matures to blue-green; great for border edgings

Ornamental Features

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress has attractive bluish-green foliage with hints of white which emerges silvery blue in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Rimpelaar Lawson Falsecypress makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features