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).