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


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 located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

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

Plant care guide for Alaska Cedar in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.


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.

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!

Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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 your location in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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