[The Cypress Family in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress

Callitropsis nootkatensis

Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

The photo above shows Alaska cedar as seen at Grand Meadows on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Adams........September 28, 2008. Bog huckleberry (Vaccinium uliginosum), Sika alder (Alnus viridis ssp. sinuata), and dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa) can be seen in the foreground.

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

The photos above shows a close-up of the nearly spherical cone and scale-like leaves of Alaska cedar. Photographed at Grand Meadows on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Adams..........September 28, 2008.

Cone of Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis) - Spray of leaves of Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

The 2 photos above show close-ups of the nearly spherical cone and scale-like leaves of Alaska cedar. Photographed at Grand Meadows on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Adams.........September 28, 2008. Click each photo to see an enlarged version.

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

Alaska cedar as seen along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 about one-quarter mile downhill from Sourdough Gap (north of Chinook Pass), Wenatchee National Forest..........August 25, 2014.

Bark of Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

A close-up of the bark of a 9" dbh Alaska cedar as seen along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 about one-half mile uphill to the north of White Pass, Wenatchee National Forest.........August 27, 2014.

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

Alaska cedar as seen atop Badger Peak in the Dark Divide, Gifford Pinchot National Forest............August 22, 2014.

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

Close-up of the scale-like leaves of Alaska cedar as seen along the Cinnamon Trail along the south edge of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument ............September 28, 2014. Many plants along this trail have been pruned heavilly by trail crews and thus seem to be bushier with leaves that are more awl-like. They thus look more like a juniper than a cedar.

Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis) - Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

Bark of Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis) - Alaska Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cedar, Sitka Cypress: Callitropsis nootkatensis (Synonyms: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Cupressus nootkatensis)

Alaska cedar as seen along the Silver Creek Trail downhill from Bear Gap, to the southeastof Crystal Mountain Ski Area, Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest...........August 26, 2014.

Paul Slichter