Shade Grade: TBD

A large conifer purported to accept part shade - we'll see how she does!

Blue Alaska Cedar

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Glauca'
[kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss newt-kah-TEN-sis]

I spied this sweet little tree at Flower World while looking for a replacement for the sad, ailing Sitka Spruce I had planted in December of 2020*. A beautiful blue version of the native Alaska Cedar, this specimen should work well in the ‘wall of trees’ I’ve planned along the easement – it has much the same leaf pattern and color depth of the others, but the cool color should be a nice complement to the warm tones of the incense cedar and thujas (2 green giants and 1 spring grove). It’s apparently somewhat difficult to find this variety so I count myself lucky. I’m sad the spruce didn’t work out but I think this guy might be a better fit, especially considering it can take more shade than the spruce.

*The spruce seemed to be suffering some type of needle dieback, and the new growth was malformed on several branches, possible evidence of Cooley spruce adelgid infestation.

Companion Plants

Nursery Tag

Mature height: 60-80ft high, 20' wide. Can grow in poor soil and withstand very cold temps. Sun to part shade. Hardy to -50F

Gardener's Log

05/2021: Planted in south easement in place of dying Sitka Spruce