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CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Variegata'

Image of Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Variegata'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS nootkatensis 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Alaska Falsecypress, Variegated Alaska Falsecypress

Special Notice

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General Description

Pale creamy yellow and bluish-green needle leaves give the stately variegated Alaska falsecypress an airy texture. A tall, narrowly pyramidal evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America. The flattened sprays of scale-like needles of 'Variegata' are grayish or bluish green with irregular, raondom light yellow blotches. Needles lack the typical white markings on the undersides of 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 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 variegated Alaska falsecypress in full or partial sun in a deep, moist, acidic, well-drained loam for finest development. Variegation doesn't change if planted in sunny or more shaded locales. This species loves soil moisture and lots of ambient humidity. It is also cold hardy and tolerant of salt spray. Use it as an architecturally picturesque specimen in a lawn or at the edge of a woodland or as a focal point in a mixed border or large foundation bed.

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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    40'-65' / 12.2m - 19.8m (45)

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Native To

    North America, Northwestern United States, Alaska, California, 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

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Green, Purple, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No