The tree can reach a height of more than 120ft(36m) if left to grow.
Foliage is soft and light green with a purplish tinge on the shoot. Female flowers grow on the ends of small branchlets male flowers grow on the ends of branches and have black scales edged with white becoming red when ripe.
The long lived lawson cypress grows on a wide variety of soils provided there is sufficient moisture.
Generally planted for ornamental purposes, it is an ideal hedging plant - being less aggressive and easier to control than "Leylandii", yet indistinguishable to the majority of people.