Port Orford Cedar


Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, commonly known as the Port Orford Cedar, is a slow-growing evergreen tree native to the Pacific coast of North America. This tree is known for its stunning blue-green foliage, which is soft to the touch and has a delicate, feathery appearance.

In terms of height and spread, Port Orford Cedar is a slow-growing tree that can reach up to 10 to 20 metres in height, and 3 to 6 metres spread. The tree grows conically, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes as a specimen tree. In the wild, specimens can reach heights over 60 metres tall, with spreads close to 20 metres. As this species is long-lived, ensure adequate space for it to grow if it is not being shaped, pruned or trained into a hedge.

The preferred soil type for Port Orford Cedar is well-drained, humus-rich soil with a neutral to acidic pH of 5.5 to 7.0. It is essential to avoid heavy, poorly-drained soils, as the tree does not tolerate waterlogging. If your soil is heavy, consider amending it with compost or other organic matter to improve its structure and fertility.

In terms of light and moisture, Port Orford Cedar is adaptable to various growing conditions, but it prefers partial shade to full sun. It is best grown in a sheltered location, away from strong winds, which can damage its delicate foliage. In terms of moisture, the tree is drought tolerant once established, but it does require regular watering in the first few years after planting to help it establish its roots.

Port Orford Cedar is a relatively low-maintenance tree with no significant pests or diseases to worry about. However, it is essential to prune the tree regularly to maintain its shape and prevent it from becoming too leggy. Pruning should be done in the spring, just before new growth begins, and it should be light and reasonable to avoid damaging the tree.

In terms of uses, Port Orford Cedar is an ideal choice for gardens and landscapes, whether as a specimen tree, a hedge, or a screen. Its conical shape provides privacy and wind protection, while its blue-green foliage adds year-round colour and texture to the garden.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, or the Port Orford Cedar, is a slow-growing evergreen tree well-suited to gardens and landscapes. With its stunning blue-green foliage, delicate feathery appearance, and adaptability to various growing conditions, Port Orford Cedar is an ideal choice for specimen trees, hedges, or screens. By providing well-drained, humus-rich soil, ample moisture, and partial shade to full sun, you can ensure that your Port Orford Cedar will thrive for many years.

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Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 55 × 14 × 10 cm
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