Weeping Nootka Cypress Alternatives - Knowledgebase Question

Shamong, NJ
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Question by tborkowski
September 22, 2002
I have four Weeping Nootka's in the back of an island berm spaced between three burning bush shrubs. Three Nootkas have died and I was wondering what would be a good alternative tree that has similar characteristics.

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2002
Bermed areas tend to be somewhat drier than surrounding areas due to the rise and slope increading the drainage, so I would suggest you look at some of the junipers as they are more tolerant of a dry or well drained soil. They also tend to thrive where burning bushes are happy. Another possibility would be mugo pines. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension personnel may have additional suggestions based on more information about the site and soil conditions. I'm sorry you lost the others, this has been a difficult dry summer and very hard on many new plants.

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