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Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow'

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Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress foliage

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Alaska Cedar, Yellow Cypress


Lovely graceful form with pendulous branches of dazzling gray-green and white variegated foliage; an extremely narrow and weeping evergreen with some shade tolerance; this tree has beauty and grace and can be treated as a cherished specimen

Ornamental Features

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress has attractive white-variegated grayish green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sparkling Arrow Nootka Falsecypress will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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