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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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