86 Lawson cypress Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Family: Cupressaceae

This is very similar to pisifera (No 67) common in the park. Lawson’s Cypress is prized for its wood which is light, strong and rot resistant. It is one of very few timbers approved in NZ for house framing without any chemical treatment. It is called “Lawson’s”, not from the European discoverer of the tree, Andrew Murray, but for his employer. In Its native North California and Oregon it is known as Port Orford Cedar, although it is not a true cedar.