Alaska yellow-cedar Cupressaceae Callitropsis nootkatensis
Leaf:Persistent, scale-like, and arranged in decussate pairs; yellow- to blue-green with no bloom on either surface; individual leaves are typically 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and diverge from the twig at their tips, giving a rough appearance and feel to the twigs. Foliage arranged in flat, drooping sprays, dead leaves fall in sprays.
Flower:Species is monoecious; male cones small and yellow to red; female cones small, round and bluish-green.
Fruit:Cones are small (about 1/4 inch diameter) and round, with smooth peltate scales with a distinct point on each; blue-green when young and brown when mature after 2 seasons
Twig:Distinctly flattened when young, but eventually round and often covered with dead sprays of foliage; branchlets are distinctly drooping.
Bark:Thin and shallowly ridged when mature; weathers to gray; young bark may be scaly.
Form:Medium sized evergreen trees that commonly reach 70 to 100 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet in diameter with a shaggy, conical crown of pendulous, frond-like branches.