Cupressus nootkatensis

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Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow'

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Sparkling Arrow’


Cupressus nootkatensis 'Pendula'

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Pendula’


Cupressus nootkatensis 'Laura Aurora'

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Laura Aurora’


Cupressus nootkatensis 'Variegata'

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Variegata’

It is more common to see this conifer labelled as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (common name Nootka Cypress) in the market. (Its name appears to undergo many changes; from the original Cupressus (1824), to Chamaecyparis (1841), to Cupressus (2000), to Xanthocyparis (2002), suggested as Callitropsis (2004), but accepted by ICBN as Xanthocyparis in 2011, but a more detailed molecular analysis indicated that it should be Cupressus which was disputed by some who suggested that Callitropsis would be more appropriate etc. etc.) From Wikipedia, ‘Its 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’.

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Laura Aurora’

I asked Darren of Whistling Gardens whether he can get this one. He kindly obtained one and suggested to my daughter to give it to me as a surprised birthday present. It was a wonderful present. Unfortunately, I did not give it proper protection for its first winter when the graft was still quite tender. It suffered severe damage, but is still alive and is in no hurry to recover fully.
A dwarf conifer with beautiful yellow and green variegated foliage. Expected 10 year height is about 1-2 m.

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Pendula’

One of the most popular conifers in this area; deservedly so. My plant is more than 20 years old, and is probably about 6 m high. It was grown from a 1.5 m stock. It is crowded by a 35 years old Juniperus rigida, and I don’t really want to cut either one of them.

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Sparkling Arrow’

A narrow, upright weeping conifer with creamy-white variegation; more creamy than ‘Laura Aurora’ with a 10 year height expected to be about 2-3 m. It the most ornamental nootka in my garden.
It was discovered by Buchholz Nursery in USA.

Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Variegata’

The variegation appears to suffer winter burn quite often. As much as I like variegated conifers, this one has a messy look.

2 comments


  1. Anne Bartlett
    January 26, 2018 | 9:42 am
    Reply

    Hi Garcan,
    I am sorry I don’t recall your proper name, just what you go by on the conifer forum. I am wondering how old your ‘Sparkling Arrow’ is, height now & when you purchased it. Also, your location seems quite protected with your extensive well established gardens. Are there any concerns regarding winter burn from sun or wind with this cultivar? Any feedback you could give on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Anne
    Riverwood Gardens


    • garcan
      January 26, 2018 | 1:06 pm
      Reply

      Hi Anne,
      My ‘Sparkling Arrow’ was planted in 2009. It is in full sun year round. There are some wind protection from nearby cedar hedge (about 7-8m away) and a few tall conifers but not much. It did survive the record winter (practically Zone 4) well in 2015 even though many yews and scott pines were badly burnt. It did lose the variegated portion of its foliage but bounced back quickly. It is a slow grower, and occasionally throw out a strong non-variegated branch that should be cut off; not very often. Hope this help.
      Would love to visit your Riverwood Gardens someday.

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