Native Plant of the Month: Yellow Cedar

Picture of Yellow Cedar.Common Name: Yellow Cedar, Alaskan Cedar, yellowcypress,

Nootka cypress

Binomial Name: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Soil Type: Requires a lot of moisture

Sunlight: Shade tolerant

Form/Growth: medium sized tree with drooping branches

Foliage: Evergreen

Flowering/Fruiting: small berry-like cones

This tree is mainly found along the pacific coast from Alaska down to the Oregon-California border. In its natural habitat the Yellow cedar grows singular, in groves, or sometimes mixed in with other coniferous trees. Widely used in landscapes because of its slow growing habits, medium size, and unusual form this tree can handle growing in the shade and requires plenty of water, so plant accordingly. The shape of a yellow cedar is usually a tapered main trunk with multiple branches growing straight up and secondary branches that hang down. The cones that form at the end of the leaves are berry-like in form and have a very unpleasant odor when crushed. Yellow cedar or as most people call them Alaskan cedar grow