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Wissels Saguaro Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wissel's Saguaro'

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Wissels Saguaro Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wissel's Saguaro'

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Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wissel's Saguaro'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun



Wissel’s Saguaro Cypress is a unique and exotic small form of the Lawson cypress tree, that resembles the Saguaro Cactus trees of Arizona. It has twisted, coral-like foliage that grows tightly on upright side stems coming from a single central trunk. These grow fat and tight, looking like the arms of that famous cactus. It grows at a moderate rate, reaching about 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide in ten years. It makes an eye-catching and appealing specimen in your garden, or in a pot. Grow it among rocks and gravel or paired on either side of a gate. It will give you garden a special look.

  • Exotic growth resembling the saguaro cactus
  • blue-green foliage in tight, upright stems
  • Needs no special training to become a stunning specimen
  • Reaches 6 feet within 10 years
  • Easily grown in ordinary garden conditions

Wissel’s Saguaro Cypress grows easily in full sun or partial shade, in ordinary to moist well-drained garden soil. Once established it has some drought tolerance, but this tree grows best where summers are not too hot and winters not too cold. It has no significant pests or diseases, and it need no special training to develop its unique shape. You can emphasize the ‘cactus’ look by pruning in mid-spring or mid-summer, removing some stems to leave just the main ‘arms’ to develop.

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