Xanthocyparis nootkatensis (D.Don) Farjon & D.K.Harder

Nootka Cypress, Alaska Cedar

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Xanthocyparis

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: To 90' tall, much smaller under cultivation

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green leaves, yellow green below, in four rows, scale-like, in flattened sprays. Narrow crown, columnar with horizontal to drooping branches.


Native to Alaska south to northwest California. Introduced in 1850 to Europe but first discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1793.

Published in Novon 12(2): 188 in 2002.

Basionym: Cupressus nootkatensis D.Don. -also published in Descr. Pinus

Synonym: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D.Don) Spach.

RHS Award of merit in 1978.


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