Weeping Nootka Cypress
Weeping Nootka Cypress, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’
I’m not sure I can explain why, but the Weeping Nootka Cypress is one of my favorite evergreens. I guess because it can be considered a non compliant evergreen because it has it’s own style and it’s own personality. Like Willie Nelson. They need little pruning, however I do recommend pruning them when they are young so they get full and not completely spindly. I trust trim up all of the lateral branches once a year to maintain a uniform pyramidal shape. I also make sure the tree only has one leader. This is important with just about all pyramidal evergreens. Don’t let them develop double or multiple leaders. But after a few years I pretty much quit pruning mine.
The weeping Nootka Cypress thrives in full sun in zones 5 through 8. It does not bloom, it doesn’t need to. It’s plenty cool enough just doing what it does. When newly planted they need about as much water as any other plant, be careful to not plant it too deep or in a wet area. Few plants will survive in wet soil.
Weeping Nootka is one of those plants that has to grow on you like Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. People who like one like the other. These are what I call plant lovers plants.