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Yellow Cedar

Scientific name

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis


Yellow Cedar is a large long-lived coniferous tree species that typically grows up to 24 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Alaska Cedar or Nootka Cypress. The bark is fibrous, grayish brown colored, and peels easily. The foliage is grayish green colored, appear as scaly sprays, hangs off branches giving weeping appearance, and has an unpleasant odor when crushed. The seed cones and nesting habitat are beneficial to wildlife, including birds and small mammals. It is easy to grow and is low maintenance.

Planting conditions

Yellow Cedar grows best in normal to moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers deep, well-drained loam soil types. It tolerates nutrient poor soil and acidic soil. This tree can be naturally found in moist forests and along riparian areas in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
  • Plant type:
    • Tree
  • Height:
    • 24 m
  • Spread:
    • 5 m