Nootka Cypress (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
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 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.