Chamaecyparis are native to both North America and Eastern Asia they are a large group of evergreen trees varying in habit depending on species and cultivar.
Known commonly as the False Cypress, they characterisicly have flattened scale like foliage ( see picture right) and will produce cones in spring or autumn.
Some of the smaller growing varieties such as the dwarf chamaecyparis such as Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana' are among the most popular in many gardens.
Similarly Chamaecyparis pisifera comes in a range of forms including smaller growing species. Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' or Golden Mop Japanese False cypress will grow to 6'.
The 'Port Orford Cedar' or Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a tall growing species with a large trunk, suitable for large gardens only.
VarietiesChamaecyparis species for the garden
- Chamaecyparis aurea
- Chamaecyparis filifera
- Chamaecyparis gracilis
- Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
- Chamaecyparis nana
- Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
- Chamaecyparis obtusa
- Chamaecyparis obtusa gracilis
- Chamaecyparis pisifera
- Chamaecyparis thyoides
Where to buy
Chamaecyparis are available for sale from the following nurseries.
CAMELLIA FOREST NURSERY - phone: 919-968-0504
9701 Carrie Road Chapel Hill NC 27516
LAKE COUNTY PINES - phone 847-487-7408
29685 N Fairfield Road Grayslake Il 60030