Also called:

Also called:

The species specific-name nootkatensis comes from a European misunderstanding of the name of the local Nuu-chah-nulth people.

Part of cypress  genus Cupressus in cypress  family Cupressaceae.


Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA's Pacific Northwest (Cascadia).

▭ 🌎︎ Map (scroll down).

Further south lives the former-sister-species Port Orford cedar  Chamaecyparis lawsoniana,
and on the East Coast lives another former-sister-species ◼︎ Atlantic white cedar  Chamaecyparis thyoides.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Its wood is used to make sculptures [invariably awesome!], and 🎸︎ guitars.  Note the very fine grain.

Learn more about ◼︎ Alaska yellow cedar or Nootka cypress Cupressus nootkatensis

🔍︎ 🔍︎ images Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Gymnosperm database Missouri Botanical Garden (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis) USDA PLANTS db USFS Wikipedia