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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Showers'

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Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Showers') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress

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Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Showers') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress foliage

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Oregon Cedar, Port Orford Cedar


A spectacular smaller growing cultivar featuring luminous gold foliage over underlying blue-green older foliage; conical in shape with loose, slightly pendulous foliage; an attractive border or screen as well as an accent shrub for the landscape

Ornamental Features

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress has attractive gold-variegated bluish-green foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Showers Lawson Falsecypress will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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