Facts About the Weeping Alaskan Cedar

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Weeping Alaska Cedar, or Chamaecyparis nootkatensis pendula, is a cultivated variant of the wild-growing Alaska yellow cedar. It's distinguished by its slender form and widely spaced, arching branches covered with drooping branchlets.

Appearance

  • The weeping Alaska cedar can grow up to 40 feet high and 15 feet wide. Its foliage is a blue-green color. According to the Washington State University Clark County Extension, its leaves release an unpleasant odor if brushed against or crushed.

Growth

  • The tree prefers moist, acidic soil, thrives with full sunlight, and does not like wind. It is hardy in zones 4 through 8 (See Resources for zone map), according to the website of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Landscape Horticulture Program.

Problems

  • FineGardening.com lists spruce mite, root rot, and twig and needle blights potential maladies.

Landscaping Use

  • The URI Landscape Horticulture Program advises planting the weeping Alaska cedar alone "to emphasize the beauty of the foliage." NurseryTrees.com, a Washington-based grower, calls it an excellent gardening "exclamation point," due to its tall, slender form.

Origin

  • The tree was first cultivated in Holland in the late 19th century and has been sold in the United States since 1907, according to the website of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Campus Gardens.

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