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Nootka false cypress

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'

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This is a conical tree with drooping branches and vertical, flattened sprays of bluish green to dark green foliage. This graceful cultivar has upward-curved branches with drooping branchlets and an open crown when mature. Male cones are ovoid, brownish green, and 1/8 inches long. Female cones are green, 1/2 inch long, with a recurved central hook on each scale, maturing in spring.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNative from Alaska to Oregon, it is a common tree in the cool, moist environments of the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast, but also tolerates hot, dry conditions, such as those of the Lower Plains.

CareProtect from drying south-westerly winds. Tolerates alkaline soil but thrives in moist, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil in full sun.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Dwarf cultivars should be grafted in late winter or spring.

ProblemsSpruce mite, twig blight, root rot, needle blights.

  • Genus : Chamaecyparis
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Trees
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  1. sheilatrigiani 07/24/2014

    My weeping Nootka has Brown on the needles, some drop off but it seems to get new growth afterwards, what would cause this

  2. scottkuipers 10/24/2014

    We have a specimen Nootka in our front yard. It is exposed to SW winds in winter. What would be the best way to protect the tree? It is 12' tall.

  3. weylanmcanally 01/09/2015

    I have a 50+ foot tall specimen on my property in N Texas near a seasonal creek. Not sure how it got here. Based on the height, I would guess it is 50+ years old.

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