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Nootka Cypress

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Nootka Cypress (Cupressus nootkatensis): A tall, narrow evergreen with pendulous branches, giving an overall graceful appearance; one of the most common west coast trees, ideal for general landscape applications in moist, rainy locations, but very adaptable.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
12 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Chamaecyparis
Species:
nootkatensis
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Other Species Names:
Alaska Cedar, Nootka Falsecypress, Xanthocyparis
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1
Density:
open

Ornamental Features

Nootka Cypress is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has bluish-green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Nootka Cypress is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Nootka Cypress will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

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