Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'
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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' is a decorative conifer. This cultivar gets its splendour from the silver-blue scaled needles, the steel-blue winter colour, and its distinguished upwardly-growing branches and twigs. The compact, densely branched conifer has soft, feather-shaped foliage. 'Ellwoodii' is a fairly slow grower. Adult specimens reach a height of two to three metres. Maintaining the cone shape requires careful pruning and good care. In practice the conifer has multiple cone-shaped columns. The cultivated variety of potted conifer is a very popular plant. A large number of cultivars have come about from descendants of the Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii', including 'Ellwood's Gold' and 'Snow White'.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' was discovered as a naturally occurring seedling in Swanmore Park, in Bishop's Waltham, Great Britain. The name of the conifer is a tribute to Ellwood, the gardener at Swanmore Park. The discovery probably dates from the 1920's. The new cultivar was first described in 1929.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has honoured this conifer twice. In 1934 the authoritative British organisation awarded the cultivated variety an ‘Award of Merit’, followed by an ‘Award of Garden Merit’ in 1984. After the system of awards was revised in 1993 'Ellwoodii' was once again distinguished with the prestigious 'Award of Garden Merit'.
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