Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Pendula’

weeping Alaskan yellow cedar

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Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’

Outstanding Qualities

One of the most eye-catching and beautiful of the weeping conifers, weeping yellow cedar makes a stately and graceful accent in the landscape. A strong upright trunk rises up with sweeping arched side branches hanging with curtains of dark green foliage. Once established this fine selection of a native tree is drought tolerant and easy to grow.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: weeping conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

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

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green, bronze

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.