Alaska Yellow Cedar—Styling, Potting, and Refinement

Michael Hagedorn

This tree was a gift. I’d not worked with the species before, Cupressus nootkatensis, and my friend Anton Nijhuis knew this and left one in 2016 that he’d collected, saying, ‘Have fun!’ And we have.

In 2017 we styled his gift. The strength of this species is marvelous. It grows much like Hinoki, and can actually be trained as one, pinching the foliage with fingers midway through the growing season. (Essentially doing exactly what we shouldn’t be doing with junipers!)

Like many dangling and loose foliaged plants, if you want careful control of structure (and you might not) the way forward is with a lot of fine wiring in the first few years. Many size 20 copper wires went on last year.

Enjoy the photo essay of this unique species-

Alaska Yellow Cedar, Cupressus nootkatensis, in 15 gallon nursery pot, before any work in 2017-

Seasonal students in November…

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