The Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis
is commonly known as Alaska Cedar
, Alaska Cypress
, Alaska Yellow-cedar
, Alaska Yellowcedar
, Mountain Cypress
, Nootka Cypress
, Nootka False-cypress
, Sitka Cypress
, Yellow Cypress
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Alaska-cedar is found in the Pacific Coast mountain ranges from
south-central Alaska to southwestern Oregon with isolated groves in the
Siskiyou Moutains of northern California [1
]. The eastern edge of
Alaska-cedar's range is defined by two disjunct populations: one in the
Selkirk Mountains of southeastern British Columbia [33
] and one in the
Aldrich Mountains of central Oregon [1
The scientific name of Alaska-cedar is Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach. It is a
member of the Cypress family (Cupressaceae) [32
Alaska-cedar hybridizes with members of the genera Xanthocyparis and Cupressus. The hybrids
are as follows [23
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ×
notabilis (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ×
ovensii (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ×
leylandii (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ×
The Cupressocyparis hybrids have been extensively introduced in Great Britain [23
Alaska-cedar is listed as a dominant or codominant overstory species in
the following publications:
A preliminary classification system for vegetation of Alaska .
The forest communities of Mount Rainer National Park .
A preliminary classification of forest communities in the central
portion of the western Cascades in Oregon .
Preliminary plant associationa of the southern Cascade Mountain Province .
Preliminary plant associations of the Siskiyou Mountain Province .
Vegetation and the environment in old growth forests of northern
southeast Alaska: A plant association classification .
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Griffith, Randy Scott. 1992. Chamaecyparis nootkatensis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.