Plant Care Cupressus nootkatensis

Cupressus nootkatensis

About Cupressus nootkatensis

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.


Callitropsis 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 Cupressus nootkatensis


How often to water your Cupressus nootkatensis

Water needs for Cupressus nootkatensis
0.5 cups
every 9

Cupressus nootkatensis 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?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Cupressus nootkatensis in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cupressus nootkatensis: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cupressus nootkatensis love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cupressus nootkatensis does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Cupressus nootkatensis

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cupressus nootkatensis: 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 Cupressus nootkatensis after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cupressus nootkatensis 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Cupressus nootkatensis

Cupressus nootkatensis

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft 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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