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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Stardust' (Lawson cypress 'Stardust' )

A photo from early summer showing another of our gold-green conifers.

 

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Stardust' is very similar to Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Golden Wonder'. It is a conifer which has bright golden-yellow foliage that maintains good colour throughout the year and looks even more stunning when contrasted against other colours such as shades of red or blue.

 

Technical Details

The 'Stardust' could ultimately reach 9 metres in height. However we have maintained ours to a height around 2 metres!

 

The conifer in the photo was planted in 1990 and since then we have shaped it with secateurs before maintaining it to the same size in recent years by once yearly electric ‘hedgecutter clipping’. During the early years of growth and development of the ultimate desired shape and form of the conifer, it is essential that the lead shoot is not removed until after the desired height of the conifer has been reached!

 

We now lightly clip the foliage once a year, usually in June or July after the prolonged surge of feathery new growth in spring has started to look untidy. Within a month of the clipping, extra new growth appears and there is a nice, generalised, golden-green ‘glow’ which will last until the surge of bright feathery new spring growth in the next year.

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Taken on June 17, 2011