Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver'

Barry's Silver Lawson Cypress

Evergreen Conifer, Shrub

Frothy silver blue foliage looks great year round on this slow growing dwarf conifer. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' will tolerate light shade. The silver blue foliage looks great in combination burgundy foliage or create a calm composition by pairing with a bold foliage partner in shades of blue or green.


"Most native Port Orford Cedars that are grown eventually die out of the root pathogen phytophthera so imagine our delight when this small shrub form with gorgeous white foliage has persisted. Not that its totally resistant but it doesn’t just up and die when it gets water on the first 85ºF day. Really at its best as a stunning container subject where one can appreciate the almost white foliage that slowly morphs to aqua green. A nice bicolor effect. Unlike other variegated conifers this one does not get nasty after exposure to an arctic winter and summer sun. Instead it remains fresh. To 5′ tall and 3′ wide in 7 years- in the form of a tear drop. No summer water once established. Regular water is safe in containers. Part shade to full sun and average, well drained soil. Slow growing conifer that always looks good. Oregon native plant."—Courtesy Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Low Water / No Water, Occasional

Soil: Well-drained


Size: 48 - 72 tall x 24 - 36 wide
Shape / Form: Compact, Conical, Upright
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Dwarf / Compact Plant, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest, Native Plant

Foliage Color: Silver / Gray, Ivory / Cream

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Container, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos