Chamaecyparis lawsoniana at Cathays Cemetery

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
mid February 2021

Grid reference ST 18304 78656
Common name Lawson cypress
Origin West USA
Deciduous No
Map section L
Height 20M February 2021
Girth 246cm February 2021
Reference 638

This tree is immediately north east of the chapels.

The undersides of the leaves are similar to the top surface but a slightly lighter shade of green. The leaf matt threads measure approximately 1.8mm wide.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana bark

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana bark
mid February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana foliage1

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana foliage
mid February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana cone1

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana open cones and flowers
mid February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana flower1

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana developing male flowers
mid February 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana flower2

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana male flowers
early March 2021

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana flower3

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana male flowers
early March 2021

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
mid February 2021

General tree description

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.