Common name: Nootka cedar, yellow-cedar, Alaska cedar
Other names: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Callitropsis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis
Xanthocyparis nootkatensis is an evergreen conifer native from southern Oregon to Prince William Sound, Alaska. It was first seen on the lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island, who used to be referred to as the Nootka. This species is a cypress of the Cupressaceae family and has a checkered taxonomic history.
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Text and photos by Hughie Jones