The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Alaska Cedar

Question: My husband and I found a cedar we were interested in today at our local garden center. It was a Monrovia plant Dwarf Alaska Cedar (Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis 'Nana'). This is all the information given on the ID tag and the nursery could not tell us anything about the plant. We need to know how large it will get and its growing conditions.

We really loved the plant, but did not want to purchase without more information.

Thank You for any help you can supply.

Answer: This dwarf Hinoki Cypress forms a conical, slow-growing evergreen shrub with cupped sprays of dark green foliage. It has a pyramidal shape, with spreading branches and drooping, feathery branchlets of rich emerald green. ?Nana Gracilis? grows slowly to 10'?12' in height, and is one of the most popular dwarf conifers. They perform well in clay soil, but prefer a moderately moist, well-drained soil. It is important to provide them adequate moisture, especially in the first few years of establishment. They grow best in full sun and do not tolerate hot, dry, or polluted conditions.

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