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Port-Orford-cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)

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  • Needles: Scale-like and appressed to twig. Undersides bear a distinct, white "X" pattern.

  • Fruit: Small, 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 1/2" diameter; 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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