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White Variegated Nootka Cypress*

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Argentea Marginata'

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White Variegated Nootka Cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Argentea Marginata') at Alsip Home and Nursery

White Variegated Nootka Cypress foliage

White Variegated Nootka Cypress foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Alaska Cedar, Nootka Falsecypress, Xanthocyparis


A beautiful landscape evergreen with bright green foliage splashed with flecks of white along the margins, forms a graceful upright oval shape, absolutely wonderful accent tree for small landscapes; does best in moist, rainy conditions but very adaptable

Ornamental Features

White Variegated Nootka Cypress has attractive white-variegated light green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain light 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

White Variegated Nootka Cypress is a dense evergreen tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

White Variegated Nootka Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

White Variegated Nootka Cypress will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. 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 70 years or more.

This tree 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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