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CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Jubilee'

Image of Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Jubilee'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Jubilee'

Plant Common Name

Alaska Falsecypress, Jubilee Alaska Falsecypress

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Light to medium green needles don the irregular, downward branches that look like sagging shoulders and arms on the Jubilee Alaska falsecypress. An upright, spire-like evergreen, it's native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America, but resembles a tree that would appear on the cartooned pages of a Dr. Seuss book.

The long, pendulous foliage is found in flattened, vertically held sprays of scale-like needles below the branches. The foliage lacks the white markings on the needle undersides common in other falsecypress species. If crushed, the needles release a skunk-like odor. Male and female cones appear in spring, but are small and unshowy; the pea-size female cones are purple and green, eventually ripening to a coppery tan in the second year. The sparse, open twigs and bark of this tree are a grayed orange-brown, with the trunk bark exfoliating in strips to reveal lighter shades of rusty orange.

Grow ‘Jubilee' in full or partial sun in a deep, moist, acidic, well-drained loam for finest development. This species loves soil moisture and lots of ambient humidity. It is also cold hardy and tolerant of salt spray. It makes an architecturally picturesque specimen for a variety of situations, all of which place the plant in a visually prominent location that is uncrowded.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    5'-12' / 1.5m - 3.7m

  • Native To

    North America, Northwestern United States, Alaska, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Twisted/Contorted

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Purple, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No