Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, known as Port Orford cedar or Lawson cypress, is a species of conifer in the genus Chamaecyparis. It is native to Oregon and California, and grows from sea level up to 1,500 m in the valleys of the Klamath Mountains.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a genus of the Cupressaceae family and is still a close cousin to the cypress, sharing its distinctive shape and leaves. It holds out well to the cold and to freezing, which makes it a hardy conifer for all regions. It grows in many different shapes and colors, which makes it also a magnificent ornamental tree. It’s name “Lawson” was attributed in reference to the famous Scottish botanist, not because he was the person who discovered it, but because Murray, another botanist, named the tree in his honor.