Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' / Green Arrow Nootka cypress

Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' is a very narrow, fast-growing form of Nootka cypress with strictly weeping branches and dark, blue-gray-green open foliage, the most glaucous of the pendulous forms. It will usually develop a wide skirt at its base with age and will occasionally develop an aberrant branch from the trunk. This type of plant form should be pruned when young to maintain its narrow profile by removing any branching at the base.

This cultivar is very similar to C. nootkatensis 'Strict Weeper' and 'Jubilee'. All of these selections retain their dark green color throughout the winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 feet (6 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 feet (50 cm) or more.

Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery of Gaston, Oregon introduced this cultivar to the nursery trade in 1984. Renowned nurseryman, Talon Buchholz offered the following comments in his Flora Wonder Blog in January 2012:

'Green Arrow' was found on government land on Vancouver Island, Canada, by Gordon Bentham. He died shortly thereafter, but I was fortunate to introduce the first grafts into the United States. . . . I wonder what would have happened to 'Green Arrow' if Bentham hadn't told me about this fantastic tree, and I didn't rescue it by chance after he died, as the starts were languishing in a bankrupt nursery in Victoria, B.C.
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' — a striking mature specimen.
Photo by Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery, Inc
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, February 2003. The plant shown was 10 years of age on that date.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens. Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' — a healthy specimen in a home garden.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' — a 2011 accession in the Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection at the New York Botanical Garden,The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss



I’m looking at planting a green arrow Nootka. I’m in zone 6a, southeast Michigan. Do you think it’s width at the base will be 2’? I’ve read up to 10’. Thanks


I recently planted 3 Green Arrows and they are turning yellow and some even brown especially in the center. What should I do?

Shelley Flynn

Lovely tree. I am wondering about it's root structure ans how close it can be planted to a foundation.

Maxwell Cohn

its root system can be described as fibrous and adventitious. The ability of conifers to significantly effect a foundation is dependent on how much water and nutrients might be around it.

Shelley Flynn

Can you recommend a resource to help me keep it properly pruned?

Maxwell Cohn

they generally don't need pruning. 'Green Arrow' assumes this form without any external influence. .