Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Snow White’ Conifer

Planting Advice for Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Snow White Conifers

When planting Lawsons Cypress Conifers, such as Chamaecyparis Snow White, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown conifer trees can be planted at any time of the year.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

We advise planting young trees with a stake and tie kit. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Lawsons Cypress Snow White conifers

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Snow White Conifers

Ornamental Conifer trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches from your Lawsons Cypress conifer as and when you see them.

Snow White Falsecypress foliage

Snow White Falsecypress foliage

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* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height: 15 feet

Spread: 5 feet

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Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: Oregon Cedar, Port Orford Cedar

Description:

A perfect accent to the garden or landscape; a very slow growing columnar variety producing sprays of new white folage that eventually ages to gray-green; lights up border areas and has tremendous winter interest

Ornamental Features

Snow White Falsecypress has grayish green foliage which emerges white in spring. The scale-like leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Snow White Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Snow White Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Snow White Falsecypress will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

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