Port-Orford-cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)
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Needles: Scale-like and appressed
to twig. Undersides bear a distinct, white "X" pattern.
round, woody cones less than 1/2" diameter. Blue-green when young
and brown when mature.
Bark: Brown, fibrous, and ridged. Thicker
than the bark of other false cedars.
Distribution: Restricted range extends
from Coos Bay in southwestern Oregon to the Klamath River in northwestern
California. Occurs near the coast and
inland on seaward slopes up to 5600 ft. (1700 m).
Alaska-cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)
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Needles: Scale-like and appressed to twig, but with flaring tips. No
white pattern on undersides.
Fruit: Small, round, woody cones less than
similar to Port-Orford-cedar's cones, but with a distinctive point
on each scale.
Bark: Gray and stringy; often pulling away from tree.
Distribution: Range from southeastern Alaska to Oregon in cool, humid
climates. Usually found at 1900-8200 ft. (650-2500 m); at high elevations
Alaska-cedar may grow as a shrub.
For more information about this species
see "Trees to Know in Oregon".
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