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Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'
Alaskan weeping cedar
Family: Cupressaceae

Alaskan weeping cedar is a conical shaped tree that may grow about 1 foot a year or greater and a width of 10-15'. This woody plant grows 12" per year. The Alaskan weeping cedar is conical with a nodding central leader and widely spaced branches ascending to horizontal secondary branches. This tree has drooping branchlets hanging from upcurving branches giving it a very pendulous tertiary look. The foliage is medium green and has a soft and limber texture. The Alaskan weeping cedar also has clusters of dark blue wrinkled cones that are male and female on the branchlets. This tree performs well under Midwest conditions and in moist climates. It is fast growing and has been coming through in harsh winters in excellent condition. The Alaskan weeping cedar requires adequate moisture during the establishment phase to prevent its loss. The Alaskan weeping cedar was raised in Holland after 1884 and has been in commerce in North America since 1907, there may be two clones in cultivation. The Alaskan weeping cedar adds a distinct look and definition to a landscape because of its pendulous branches and grey green color. The Alaskan weeping cedar can be seen on campus in the north end of the Dion building adding a unique look to the landscape.

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