Alaska cedar in an interesting medium-sized evergreen tree with gray-green to blue-green foliage that droops from widely spaced branches. Native to moist bottomlands in the Pacific Northwest, it needs consistently moist soil. This plant is also known as false cypress.
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- North America
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Occasional drought
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Early winter
- Mid winter
- Late winter
Size and Form
30 to 45 feet high and 30 feet wide; pyramidal form
Tree & Plant Care
Prefers deep, moist, loamy soil in a sunny, well-drained site.
Extremely cold hardy.
Disease, pests and problems
No serious pests
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to moist bottomlands in the Pacific Northwest.
Bark color and texture
Reddish-brown color, shedding bark.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Evergreen needles on drooping boughs; needles have an unpleasant odor when crushed.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous; male pollen cones and female flowering cones on the same tree.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Round, 1/2 inch brown cones take two years to ripen.
Cultivars and their differences
Weeping Alaska Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ ): 25 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide; with a weeping form.