• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pelt's Blue'

Lawson's cypress 'Pelt's Blue'

Lawson's cypress 'Pelt's Blue'

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  • Other common names Lawson's cypress 'Pelt's Blue'

  • Synonyms Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Van Pelt'
    Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Van Pelt's Blue'

  • Genus Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

  • Family Cupressaceae / Cupressaceae

  • Species 'Pelt's Blue' is an evergreen conifer making a narrowly conical medium-sized tree. Foliage at first blue-grey, later dark blue-green

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar_Upright#Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity Foliage may cause skin irritation

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Aphids may be a problem

Diseases May be subject to phytophthora root diseases

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