Oregon Blue Falsecypress Tree
Oregon Blue Falsecypress Leaf
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Oregon Blue Falsecypress Tree
Oregon Blue Falsecypress Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 10' to 12'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Oregon Blue Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Oregon Blue'

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Oregon Blue Falsecypress is an elegant pyramidal evergreen tree with dreamy powder-blue foliage and a soft, lacy texture. Used as a single specimen or in a grouping, this lovely tree will add structure to the landscape beds around your home without adding hard lines. The feathery but thick foliage provides good sight blockage when used as a privacy screen along your property border, and Oregon Blue accepts shearing if you choose to fashion a row of trees into a hedge. This tree can be a bit of diva, requiring excellent drainage and mild temperatures to thrive, but where it can be grown well, this exquisite West Coast native has no equal.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 10' to 12'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Oregon Blue is a variety of Lawson Falsecypress, a valuable timber tree of the West Coast.  The wood of this species—light, durable, and aromatic—has been used for such diverse purposes as matchsticks, coffins, arrow shafts, guitars, ships, aircraft, and Japanese temples.  Trees in the wild can brush the sky at 200 feet tall, but don’t worry!  Oregon Blue is a compact version that reins itself in at 20 or 30 feet.  It was discovered at the Oregon nursery of the late Ivan and Robertha Arneson in 1978.

The Details

A pyramidal evergreen covered in sprays of lacy-textured, silvery blue foliage. Branch tips are slightly weeping. A great place for birds and small wildlife to call home or use for nesting. Also a great evergreen to use as a screen for privacy or filtering sound or simply use it as a specimen in your garden!

How to Grow

This species, native to river valleys and mountains near the Oregon and California coasts, prefers a site that can approximate its home territory.  This means, ideally, warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters.  It will not abide harsh, drying winds in summer or winter, though it needs to be sited in full sun for the best blue color.  Poor drainage will spell its demise in short order, as a root rot disease attacks trees in waterlogged soils.  It will grow 1 to 2 feet per year when its needs are met.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 30'
Avg Mature Width 12'
Spacing 10' to 12'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Blue
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

3-4' tall at time of shipping, tips reach 4', very well branched and pruned to perfection. Grown in our #6 tree container.

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Oregon Blue Falsecypress Tree
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