Chamaecyparis nootkaensis

Alaska yellow cedar

Habit: medium sized evergreen tree with a pyramidal crown, pendulous branches and a slightly twisted trunk. The foliage is in flat sprays, with dark green, scale-leaves and is prickly when touched against the grain. The bark appears grayish brown, and strips off the trunk. Pollen cones are oval and yellow while seed cones are spherical 4-6 mushroom shaped scales, blue and waxy when young. Seeds are winged.

Ecology: found in moist, rocky areas, bog forests, mountains and near the coast in Alaska south into Northern California at mid to high elevations.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, with deep well-drained moist to wet soil.  Chamaecyparis nootkaenisis is often associated with wet boggy sites. Cold hardy.

Alaska yellow cedar as a component of old-growth forests can provide critical thermal and hiding cover for large and small mammals. It is a long-lived tree up to 3500 years.

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Type: Evergreen Coniferous Tree
Height: 65-130 ft (20-40 m)
Width: 25 ft (7.5m)
USDA Zones: 4-10
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.