E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Xanthocyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) D.P. Little
yellow-cedar (Alaska cedar; cypress)
Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Tree, usually 20-40 m tall when mature; branches and branchlets droop strongly; bark ridged and fissured, not tearing off in long thin strips; wood aromatic (potato-like smell); growing "tip" (leader) drooping.
Scalelike, opposite, somewhat overlapping, close to stem, with sharp, rigid tip; bluish green.
Seed cones like a round, bumpy light green "berry" when immature, brown when ripe, less than 10 mm long, glaucous; pollen cones about 4 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Habitat/Range: Wet to mesic slopes and bogs in the lowland, montane and subalpine zones; common in and W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare in SE BC; N to SE AK and S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Callitropsis nootkatensis (D. Don) Oerst. ex D.P. Little
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach
Cupressus nootkatensis D. Don

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