Weeping Nootka Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’

Leaves: Evergreen. Foliage is dark bluish-green or grayish green in color and form flattened sprays. The scale-like leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Bark/Twigs: Bark peels off and is shaggy, ridged, and a reddish-brown color.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers. Cones take two years to mature, are brown to yellow-brown in color, and ⅓-½” across.

Mature size and shape: Medium. 25-35’h x 10-15’w. An open, conical crown shape with a strong central leader and rounded-pyramidal form. It has long pendulous, gracefully weeping branches that turn upwards at the ends. Low clearance on branches, close to ground about one foot.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, acidic soil. Small trees look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book.

Landscape use and Maintenance: A graceful, delicately weeping evergreen tree with pendulous branches. Great specimen. Average growing rate. Low maintenance. Protect from strong winds.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Family/Origin: Cupressaceae – Cypress. Native to the coastal Pacific Northwest from southeastern Alaska down to extreme northern California. Not a true cedar or cypress.

Campus use: Uncommon. Can be found southeast in President’s and north of Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology (Bld 82).

 

Lawson Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Leaves: Evergreen. Scaly foliage arranged in flattened, drooping sprays. Deep green color with a white marking underneath on the leaves.

Bark/Twigs: Brown to reddish-brown trunk and fibrous. Trunk is divided into thick rounded ridges and deep furrows.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers. Small ¼" round female cones with wrinkled scales.

Mature size and shape: Large. 40-60’h. Pyramidal to conical tree with ascending branches, drooping at the tips and ending in flat sprays.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Prefers well-drained, moist soil. Does not thrive in excessive heat. Shelter from winds.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Large, evergreen specimen tree. Average growing rate. Average maintenance.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-7

Family/Origin: Cupressaceae – Cypress. Native near the Pacific coast in southwestern Oregon and northwestern California.  Not a true cedar or cypress.

Campus use: Uncommon. Can be found west of George Thomas Building (Bld 5).