Also called:

Also called:

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

Since 2021, the only species in new genus Callitropsis.   From 2010–2021, this species was part of cypress  genus Cupressus   Regardless, still part of cypress / juniper / redwood  family Cupressaceae in 🌲︎ conifer  order Pinales.


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

🗺 Map (scroll down), 🗺 map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key).

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 Callitropsis nootkatensis

🔍︎ 🔍︎ images Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Gymnosperm database Missouri Botanical Garden Flora of North America NRCS PLANTS db Silvics USFS Wikipedia