Vascular Plants - Cupressaceae - Callitropsis:
Callitropsis nootkatensis
Page Authors: David Giblin, Don Knoke
Alaska yellow cedar, Nootka Cedar or cypress, Sitka cedar or cypress 
Blooms: May-July
Habit: tree
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: In the Cascades and Olympic Mountains of Washington; Alaska south at increasing altitudes to northern California.
Habitat: Moist areas, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: Monoecious trees 20-40 m. tall, with narrow crowns and drooping leaders, the branches tending to droop.
Bark: Bark thin, grayish-brown, cinnamon-brown inside, tending to come off in long, narrow strips; wood sulfur-yellow in color.
Leaves: 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.
Cones: 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) Florin ex. D. P. Little
Synonyms:
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Sudworth
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach
Cupressus nootkatensis D. Don

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Callitropsis nootkatensis specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Callitropsis nootkatensis specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Callitropsis nootkatensis treatment.

E-Flora BC: Callitropsis nootkatensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Callitropsis nootkatensis images.

USDA Plants Database: Callitropsis nootkatensis.
Additional photographs of Callitropsis nootkatensis:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1983

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1989

Ben Legler, 2004

H. Tim Gladwin, 1982

H. Tim Gladwin, 1982

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Jim Riley

Jim Riley

Jim Riley

G. D. Carr, 1986

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

Donovan Tracy, 2011

Donovan Tracy, 2011

Regina Johnson, 2012

Susan McDougall, 2006

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015
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