Name: Weeping Alaska Cedar, aka Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’, formerly known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ (and oh my goodness there’s another genus name in the works. For now, I’m sticking with these while I hope the madness stops.)
Type of Plant: Evergreen tree that’s hardy in zones 4 to 7, that grows slowly to around 35 feet tall in its native haunts of the Pacific Northwest. This tree doesn’t grow so tall in the sandy soils of Cape Cod, however, but it does do well here, growing about a foot per year.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this graceful evergreen tree as a specimen plant or as part of a mixed evergreen screening. It mixes well with Green Giant arborvitaes, Cryptomeria, golden arborvitaes, American holly and other upright evergreens for a multi-colored and textured background for privacy.
A Word to the Wise: Allow the space for this tree to get about eight feet wide.