|The cultivar, 'Lutea' grown to 30 feet or more with a spread of 10-12 feet. Produces soft fronds with yellow new growth and blue gray old growth. Probably best of the taller yellow false cypresses. Susceptible to sunburn.
C. lawsoniana is a large evergreen tree, reaching 40-60 feet tall under cultivation, and 180 feet tall in the wild. The trunk is large and buttressed at the base, branches are ascending with drooping flattened tips. Old bark has thick rounded ridges, silvery to reddish brown, foliage is deep green. Numerous small cones, only 1/3 inch wide, blue-green when young, reddish brown at maturity. Prefers a sheltered location, moist well drained soil. It performs best in areas with cool, moist climates. A root rot caused by Phytophthora lateralis can devastate the tree, but otherwise it is not troubled by disease. Native from southwestern Oregon, to northern California. It is an elegant specimen tree, with many cultivars available.