Nootka Cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Also known as: Stinking Cypress

Native: Western N. America from Alaska to Oregon

Location: Yields a valuable fragrant timber. Cultivated for ornament in western States and western and central Europe.


Foliage does not have white marks on underside and has a rough texture since the leaf tips are usually not pressed against the twigs. When crushed the leaves have a pungent catty smell.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Male cones shed pollen in March and are yellow rather than red as on Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana). Female cones which open at the same time are produced on upper branches.

Mature Cones

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Mature cones are about 1cm across, with 4 or 6 spiked scales ripening in the autumn of their second year to red brown and opening to release seeds.