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Alaska Cedar Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

 


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Alternate name: Yellow Cedar

Family: Cupressaceae, Cypress view all from this family



Description Slow growing, medium-sized native evergreen. Crown narrow. Bark gray to brown, thin, shredded. Branches horizontal, pendulous, droopy. Foliage dark green, flat sprays, 3–5 mm long scale-leaves. Cones yellow brown, 10–14 mm diameter; 4 -6 scales with pointed triangular bracts 1.5–2 mm long.


Dimensions Height: 15-30 m. (50-100 ft)
Diameter: 0.3-1.2 m. (1-4 ft).


Habitat Mountains.


Range Northwest, Alaska, Western Canada, California.


Discussion Tree name derives from its discovery on the lands of a First Nation of Canada, the Nuu-chah-nulth of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, who were formerly referred to as the Nootka. One of the finest timber trees in the world; exported to China during the last century. Used for flooring, interior finish and shipbuilding. Acceptance of the classification of this tree is varied among botanists.


 

 

 

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