Alaska-cedar, Nootka-cypress

Scientific Name: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
Genus: Chamaecyparis
Family: Cupressaceae

Alaska-cedar, Nootka-cypressAlaska-cedar, Nootka-cypress

This tree is an evergreen native from Alaska to northern Oregon. It has dark green foliage with branches that droop enough to give it a wilted appearance. Sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Port-Orford-cedar, the Alaska-cedar has no white Xs on the underside of the scales. Native Americans prized the wood of this cedar for canoe paddles, and is still used today for poles, paddles, and boat construction. The Japanese prize this wood highly.