Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Van den Akker’

narrow Alaskan yellow cedar

Outstanding Qualities

This cultivar of Alaskan yellow cedar is quite possibly the narrowest form you can grow. A pillar-like spire rises up in the garden with side branches that weep down and hug the main trunk. This strongly weeping form stays under one foot wide for the first ten years. Extremely useful for small gardens or tight spaces, it provides welcome height without growing too wide.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

This narrow evergreen grows best in full sun but tolerates light and open shade. It adapts to a variety of soils, from sandy sites to clay, provided the location is well-drained. Once established it is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no summer watering even during prolonged droughts. Occasionally a side branch will reach out from the trunk. This often adds interest to the overall shape, but if width is a concern, it can be removed where it joins the main trunk. Pruning is best done in the winter.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: narrow conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established