Blue Surprise Port Orford Cedar - The Guardian® Series

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Blue Surprise'

An exceptional evergreen conifer, offering silvery blue foliage, complemented with a purplish cast during the winter months. This outstanding selection is grown on Guardian® root stock, an exceptional under-stock developed by Oregon State University, which is resistant to Phytophthora lateralis, a disease that has caused the demise of many Chamaecyparis lawsonianas over the last two decades. We are utilizing this rootstock on several varieties: 'Silver Queen', 'Golden King', 'Silberstar', and 'Yvonne'. Forms a dense, narrow spire, ideally used as a focal point in formal gardens or well positioned in shrub borders. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationkam-e-SIP-a-ris la-so-ni-A-na
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 6 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseSpecimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Once established, needs only occasional watering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

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