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Callitropsis nootkatensis
Alaskan yellow cedar, Nootka yellow cedar, Sitka yellow cedar

Distribution: Occurring in the Cascades and Olympic Mountains of Washington; Alaska to northern California.

Habitat: Moist areas, generally from middle to high elevations in the mountains.

Cones: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Monoecious trees 20-40 m. tall, with narrow crowns and drooping leaders, the branches tending to droop.


Bark thin, grayish-brown, cinnamon-brown inside, tending to come off in long, narrow strips; wood sulfur-yellow in color.


Leaves malodorous when crushed; leaves opposite, scale-like in 4 rows, bluish-green, pungent, the tips spreading, glandular on the back, the branchlets somewhat flattened.


Staminate cones about 4 mm. long; ovulate cones up to 10 mm. long, globose, brownish and glaucous, the scales with a short point in the center of the peltate

Accepted Name:
Callitropsis nootkatensis (D.Don) Oerst.
Publication: Frilands-Traevaext. 1: 17. 1864.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach [FNA2, HC]
Cupressus nootkatensis D. Don [JPM]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Callitropsis nootkatensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Callitropsis nootkatensis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Callitropsis nootkatensis information.

E-Flora BC: Callitropsis nootkatensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Callitropsis nootkatensis photos.

USDA Plants: Callitropsis nootkatensis information.

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