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False cypress

False cypress from the Lubera Garden Shop

No garden is complete without a false cypress! In our shop you will find numerous shapes, colours and varieties for every desired use.

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Alumigold false cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Alumigold'

£24.90 *

Dwarf Sawara Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Baby Blue', the elegant, silvery blue conifer

£8.90 *

No image available Dwarf Sawara Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Nana', the sawara cypress with wide, dense growth

£5.90 *

Dwarf Sawara Cypress - Dwarf Standard

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Baby Blue', the elegant, silvery blue conifer tree

£32.90 *

Green Sawara Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Nana', the dwarf cypress with elegant, overhanging...

£8.90 *

Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', the elegant dwarf zypress

From £15.90 *

Hinoki Cypress - Dwarf Standard

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', the elegant dwarf standard for pots and beds

£32.90 *

Lawson's Cypress 'Columnaris'

Chamaecyparis laws. 'Columnaris'

£14.90 *

Lawson's Cypress 'Ellwood's Gold'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Gold', the compact Lawson's cypress with...

From £7.90 *

Lawson's Cypress 'Ellwoodii'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii', the compact Lawson's cypress with dense, steel...

From £7.90 *

Lawson's Cypress 'Golden Wonder'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Wonder', the wide-growing Lawson's cypress with yellow...

From £15.90 *

No image available Lawson's Cypress 'Ivonne'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ivonne', the gold-needled cypress with the narrow, cone-shape...

From £15.90 *

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More information about false cypress


False cypress plants have many advantages: as evergreen plants, great backdrops in the summer and winter; they are extremely undemanding and tolerate to pruning. There are many good reasons to buy Chamaecyparis from the Lubera© Garden Shop.



How to use


False cypresses, with their numerous species and varieties, are unbeatable in their diversity. There are miniatures for rockeries as well as tall-growing representatives, some show an extraordinary growth formed into shells, some hang with weeping forms and others look like big feather bushes. The colouring of the needles, which look like scaly leaves, ranges from juicy green to blue and bright yellow.


Upright and tall growth


In groves, higher representatives such as the yellow columnar cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Alumigold') with a final height of up to 10 metres provides structure and colour, but can also cut a fine figure as a solitary shrub. This plant creates the basic framework of a garden. It is worth planting several species that differ in shape and colour. For example, the silver cypress (C. pisifera 'Boulevard') and the blue cypress 'Columnaris' which is blue-grey in colour. It grows slowly up to five metres and then hardly grows any higher. The needles look like a silver cloud enveloping the tree. Cone cypresses like the feathery, blue-grey C. lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii', the bright golden yellow ‘Golden Wonder' with flat, scaly needles or the super-slender 'Ivonne' are beautiful structure plants. They also grow very slowly and are therefore suitable for planting troughs in the first years. Finally, as if in deep mourning, there is the bizarre maned cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'), a recommendable solitary plant for people who are looking for something special.


Small, slow-growing cypresses for troughs, borders and rockeries


For the design of balconies, terraces and rock gardens, the assortment of false cypresses offers a wide range of possibilities. The small, yellow Sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Sungold') looks charmingly tousled with its hanging branches. Like grasses, it brings lightness to any design. Compact in growth, the ball-shaped, Lawson cypress Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Minima Glauca' reminds one a little of a larger head of lettuce, but nobler and evergreen.

The small cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana gracilis'), but also the yellow-green dwarf moss cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa'), whose needles actually look like dense moss, is a long seller and evergreen eye-catcher.


For hedges


The good cutting tolerance makes these cypresses in narrow forms of the Lawsons cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' and 'Golden Wonder') ideal hedge plants. Suitable here are varieties that grow very upright, preferably like columns and do not become too wide. You can find more information under the category Hedge Plants.


What is the difference between cypress, false cypress and thuja?


False cypress from the Lubera Garden ShopAppearances are not deceptive! False cypresses belong to the family of cypresses that are not quite winterproof in our country and they look very similar to them, only their cones are smaller and their branches are flatter. The thuja is also a cypress plant and therefore a close relative. To distinguish them, you have to look closely: false cypresses are more delicate, their needle-like leaves are slightly twisted. In the winter the colour remains fresh, while thujas become darker. But the best way to tell the difference is to smell the crushed needles. False cypresses smell fresh, thujas spicier.


The right location


These plants need a sunny place in nutrient-rich, moist soil. They should never dry out. Cut plants, in particular, need regular fertilisation, as cutting removes nutrients. With coniferous trees and shrubs, there is also no leaf fall which could provide a supply of nutrients. The spring or summer is the right time for fertilisation, but not later than August. A too late supply of nitrogen causes less frost-hardy shoots and endangers winter hardiness.


How is planting done?


The planting distance depends on the final size of the cypress. Column forms and hedges are denser, solitary plants need more space. For solitary plants, dig a hole at least twice as large as the root ball in height and width. For hedges, it is best to plant in a planting ditch at a planting distance of 50 cm and not to dig a separate hole for each plant. Compacted soil can be made more permeable by adding sand; compost as an additive ensures a good start. Place the plants in the hole or ditch, fill it up with the improved excavated soil and tread down the soil. Then water well immediately! As they like the hot periods, sufficient watering is necessary, especially in the middle of summer. Fresh plantings should never dry out. A mulch layer of bark or chaff also helps to store moisture in the soil.


Pruning and topiary shapes


In principle, all of these cypresses tolerate pruning or topiary shapes, but should not be pruned in the first year after planting. Pruning back later will do them good, as especially wide plants tend to clog from below. Columnar forms will hold even without pruning.

Whether small or large varieties, you can cut them not only for maintenance but also to shape. However, cones and spheres are a bit of a challenge and require some practice.

Hedges are pruned regularly from the second year onwards, but only to the extent that there is still annual growth left. Pruning should take place in late summer. Hedge clippers and hedge trimmers are used as well as string and slats so that even with untrained hands, the hedges will not get out of shape.

Do not cut into old wood, otherwise unsightly holes will remain. These cypresses do not forgive cuts that are too deep.


Where false cypresses come from


The Lawsons false cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) originates from North America. Lawson was a well-known Edinburgh breeder and gave it this name. In its native country, it stands out as a bright, finely structured cypress tree against the spruce, douglas fir and hemlock. It grows in areas where the sea has an influence in the form of fog and moisture. In higher and dry areas, the incense cedar abruptly takes its place in the forests. The Lawson false cypress should therefore not be given a dry location in gardens either. It is of interest to breeders because the seedlings of this cypress tend to have eccentric shapes when growing and no other conifer tree has so many faces. The original Lawson cypress is difficult to distinguish from thuja and other false cypresses. However, a typical feature can be found when looking at the branches from below. There is a faint pattern of small, white crosses marking the stoma lines.

The Nootka cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis or Xanthocyparis nootkatensis) is the natural neighbour of the Lawson cypress and also originates from North America. It grows in mixed stands with the sitka spruce on the coastal fringe from Alaska to Vancouver. It is named after a bay on the Pacific side. The main difference to the Lawson cypress are the hanging scales; the branches are heavy and feel rough. Hanging forms can emphasise this growth dramatically.

The white cypress, also known as white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) is native to the east coast of the United States. It also thrives everywhere in moist soil from Maine to the Mississippi.

However, not all false cypresses come from the United States. The original form of the Japanese Sawara cypress Chamaecyparis pisifera is quite inconspicuous and difficult to determine, but fortunately, there are only cultivars in today's assortment, such as yellow and blue cypresses, which are unique. Here you can find cordate and fixed juvenile species, which in their special feature of fine and fluffy foliage are not even reminiscent of a conifer.

Very robust is the other Japanese species: the Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa). It appears dense, rich green, well-fed and healthy, even when it has grown older or the soil does not provide sufficient nutrients.


No matter which breeding of the false cypress you choose: in the Lubera shop we make sure that you only get plants of the best quality.


Special varieties of the growth forms


With these cypresses, there are unusual shapes and arrangements of the needles. Some of the most beautiful species appear soft and graceful because they have permanently youthful foliage. They are needle-like leaves that never attain the strength of the scale leaves of an adult tree. These fixed juvenile forms can also be found in thujas and junipers.

Two other varieties are growth forms that develop twice as many branches and needles per crown volume as normal, and the opposite: forms in which the scaly, needle-like leaves sit with larger spaces between them on thread-thin hanging branches, also called 'filiformis', which means thread-like.


Is this cypress poisonous?


These plants are poisonous in all parts. Especially the shoot tips, the small, round cones and the wood contain essential oils and thujene. Touching the plants can cause skin irritation. Therefore, wear gloves when planting and cutting and wash your hands after working with these plants. And refrain from tasting it, even if you have always wanted to.

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