Plant Care Alaska Cedar

Alaska Cedar

About Alaska Cedar

Nootka Cypress is a needled evergreen tree in the cypress family native to the Pacific coast from Alaska to northern California. It grows slowly to 30 to 45 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. The bark on mature trees will exfoliate.


Xanthocyparis nootkatensis

Also known as

Cupressus nootkatensis, Nootka Cypress, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Xanthocyparis nootkatensis, yellow cypress, Alaska cypress, Nootka cedar, yellow cedar, Alaska cedar and Alaska yellow cedar

How to care for Alaska Cedar

💦 Water

How often to water your Alaska Cedar

Water needs for Alaska Cedar
0.5 cups
every 9

Alaska Cedar needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Alaska Cedar in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alaska Cedar: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alaska Cedar may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Alaska Cedar in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Alaska Cedar

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alaska Cedar: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Alaska Cedar after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Alaska Cedar is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Alaska Cedar will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Alaska Cedar can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Alaska Cedar

Alaska Cedar

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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