With all the attention given to the State of Alaska recently, I’ve been reminded about a great conifer that can add the appearance of a large forest tree in a relatively small footprint. Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Jubilee’ is one in a family of Weeping Alaskan Cedars that should be considered for use in smaller gardens. This excellent and hardy tree will actually grow quite tall with primarily a narrow habit as side branches will tend to weep and fall toward the ground. Occasional branches will grow horizontally with weeping branchlets appearing as the fringe draping off the arms of a frontiersman’s leather jacket.
If an extremely narrow form is desired, horizontal branches can be pruned to create a very narrow spire growing tall and dancing in the wind. With the “arms” left intact, and in a strong breeze, ‘Jubilee’ reminds me of those huge dancing air tubes you see some retailers use to attract attention.
‘Jubilee’ certainly attracts attention in my garden without looking out of place.