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CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Pendula'

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Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Pendula'

Plant Common Name

Alaska Falsecypress, Weeping Alaska Falsecypress

General Description

Robust, drooping sprays of seafoam-green needles are the ornamental forte of ‘Pendula,’ a magnificently elegant weeping selection of Alaska falsecypress. A tall, pyramid-like evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America.

The long, pendulous foliage is found in flattened, vertically held sprays of scale-like needles below the branches. The needles are light seafoam green with blue casts, and lack the white markings on the underside 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 ‘Pendula’ in full or partial sun in a deep, moist, acidic, well-draining 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 spot. Mixed borders, foundation plantings, parks, cemeteries, and graceful lawns will all look more lush in company with this tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 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'-28' / 6.1m - 8.5m

  • Width

    10'-18' / 3.0m - 5.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • 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

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Purple, Brown

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Sea Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No