Tree #13: Lawson Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (kam-eh-SIP-uh-riss  law-so-nee-AY-nuh)

  • Native to Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California
  • Known as Port Orford cedar or Lawson cypress, is a species of conifer in the genus Chamaecyparis, family Cupressaceae 
  • Has white lines on leaf undersides unlike the Cypress (Cupressus) tree’s leaves
  • Has flat, lacey, ‘dripping’ foliage and fragrant bark when cut
  • The bark is reddish-brown, and fibrous to scaly in vertical stripes
  • Maturing up to 197 feet & lives 150+ years


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Lawson Cypress photo

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