Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Gold'
|Layers per DC||6|
|Number per DC||630|
|Decrease||min. 1 DC|
|Barcode||8 716 137 000 012|
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Gold' is an 'Ellwoodii' with gold-yellow tips. The colourful tips give the conifer a warm glow in the spring. After the summer the branches become paler in colour, but the cultivar gets a new batch of gold-yellow tips every spring.
The inner foliage is yellow-green. The conifer has upright branches and twigs. The compact, densely branched conifer has soft, feather-shaped foliage. 'Ellwood's Gold' grows quite slowly..
The gold-yellow tipped conifer is a naturally occurring variety of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'. In the official description this cultivar is specified as a mutant. 'Ellwood's Gold' is in fact also often described as an 'Ellwoodii' descendant.
A descendant is a naturally-occurring variety, which is in fact not caused by a change in its ancestral planting. The extent to which the ancestral planting has an effect varies for descendants. A descendant can therefore only be maintained by using cuttings or other forms of vegetative propagation. In a mutation there is a minuscule change in the ancestral material. Mutants can therefore be maintained by propagation using seeds. The divergent property can also be passed on to the descendants in hybridization. 'Ellwood's Gold' was found by the British breeder A.P. Hillier (West Moors Nurseries, West Moors).
The authoritative Royal Horticultural Society (RHS, London) awarded the conifer an ‘Award of Garden Merit’ in 1984. After the system of awards was revised in 1993, 'Ellwood's Gold' was again granted an 'Award of Garden Merit'. The prize was also awarded to 'Ellwoodii' in the same year.
Alterra, 1997. Dryade dendrologische databank. Corley, R.S, 1968. Lawson's cypress 'ellwood's gold'. The gardeners’ chronicle 163(1968)2:20. Kelly, J. en J. Hillier, 1995. The Hillier gardener’s guide to trees & shrubs. Welch, H.J., 1991. The conifer manual.