Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' at Cathays Cemetery

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis'
early February 2021

Grid reference ST 17976 78384
Common name Lawson's cypress 'Erecta Viridis'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous No
Map section S
Height 17M February 2021
Girth 181cm February 2021
Reference 635

This tree is almost at the furthest extent of the main southerly path from the chapels. It is approximately 60M from the junction of Whitchurch Road and Gelligaer Street.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' bark

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' bark
early February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' foliage1

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' foliage
early February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' foliage2

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' foliage
early February 2021

General tree description for Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' is a cultivar of the Lawson cypress Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, characterised by its erect, columnar shape and bright green foliage. It is a medium-sized to large tree, potentially up to 35 metres tall, with long erect branches forming a dense column. In maturity it may broaden and become untidy. The leaves are large flattened vertical sprays, slightly bigger than the type.

General tree description for Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a large, dense, conical tree reaching heights in excess of 40M in Britain. Its trunk often forks and it has reddish brown, coarse bark. The foliage varies from dark to glaucous green, and consists of fan-like sprays which may droop at the tips. When crushed the foliage has a scent resembling that of parsley or resin. The leaves are pointed though not prickly, and underneath they have grey/white streaks along the joints. The leaf threads are 1.8mm wide. Male flowers (strobili) appear at the leaf tips in spring, initially slate-black scales edged white. At the end of March they become crimson, and then yellow with pollen. The female flowers are powder blue opening in April and are followed by the cones. These are pea-sized, initially green, maturing to brown.