Lawson Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Another great tree for the holiday season, this one's timber is used in construction due to its strength and decay-resistance. A little patience over the next 30 years and you can build yourself a bookshelf. Talk about DIY.

It's Gifting Szn

Bet your friends have never received an adorable, pre-potted, live coniferous tree before. Plus, don't cut trees—let's grow them.

Moisture Tolerant

This plant would rather be moist than not. So heavy pours are fine, both here and with your holiday drinks.

Pet Friendly

If Spike were to eat your plant, he'd be totally fine. Your heart? Not so much.

The Lawson Cypress, also known as Port Orford cedar, is native to the Northwestern region of the United States.

The qualities of its wood makes this tree popular for construction. Its timber has been used in production across many different products, from boats and guitars to stools and arrows.

Once the holiday season is finished, this plant should be moved into a cooler environment so they receive the proper amount of vernalization, which is just fancy speak for enough cold they require to mimic their natural environment. This can be done by placing them outside, on a balcony, or in another space that has a window that isn't near a heat source.

Size will vary, but total height is about 15 inches and planter width is 6 inches.

How to not kill me

Watering

Water once a week

Like you during the holidays, this one likes to drink. Make sure to fully drench the soil once it gets dry.

Sunlight

Bright and Indirect

Think bright, dappled light that streams through the classiest of sheer JC Penney curtains. The brighter the better, but direct sunlight will burn its leaves. Let's not do that.

Humidity

Indifferent, like our boy Zeus

Whether you go above and beyond or underperform on maintaining moisture in the air, it won't really care.