evergreen tree with graceful, elegantly arranged, drooping branches
and rich green foliage. Excellent planted alone as a specimen tree
to emphasis the beauty of the foliage. Also may be used as a hedge
medium-sized evergreen tree (20 - 40 feet in cultivation) with a
wide, pyramidal form and numerous drooping branches covered with
with long, flattened sprays. The evergreen foliage is dark bluish
green or gray-green and persists for three years, though it sometimes
turns brown in the second year. Unlike most species of Chamaecyparis,
the leaves of the Alaskan cedar have no white markings on their
undersides. The Alaskan cedar is sometimes confused with an arborvitae
but can be distinguised by the distinctive drooping branches. Male
flowers are yellowish and often conspicuous with their large numbers.
Female flowers are inconspicuous. Cones are fairly small and numerous
although solitary, and they ripen the second year. The Alaskan cedar
is a native of coastal Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.
Likes abundantly moist but well-drained soil and moderately high
humidity. Full sun to light shade. Does not like excessive wind.
Hardy in zones 4-8.
No serious pest or disease problems. Moderate growth rate.
May be used as a screen plant, in a hedge or along foundations or
borders. Probably best used in well-spaced groups or alone as a
specimen to emphasize the beauty of the foliage. Also good as a
'Pendula' is the most
widely available in southern New England. It is a graceful,
weeping form with dark green foliage
which can serve as a handsome accent plant.
'Glauca' is similar to the species type but with very blue
foliage. 'Glauca Pendula' has blue foliage and a weeping form.
'Green Arrow' has an upright and narrow growth habit and
lighter green foliage.
'Variegate' and 'Laura Aurora' have splashes of cream in
'Compacta' possesses a round, compact form.
cultivar 'Pendula' is available from a number of Rhode Island sources.
Other cultivars are available from nursery catelogues.
seed. Cultivars are commercially grafted.