Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' / Sparkling Arrow Nootka cypress

Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' is a strikingly beautiful, narrow upright, strict-weeping selection of Nootka cypress with pendulous branches and foliage that is splashed with creamy white variegation. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 15 feet (5 m) tall and 2.5 feet (75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a variegated color sport found in 2001 by Talon Buchholz of Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon. Talon found the the mutation on a specimen of Cupressus nootkatensis 'Green Arrow'. After about a decade of observation, the nursery had finally accumulated enough plant material to be able to introduce it to the trade. It has a similar growth pattern to 'Green Arrow,' but grows just slightly slower due to less chlorophyll in the foliage. This plant is an outstanding vertical accent for any eclectic garden.

A vignette of Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' Closeup of the dazzling variegated foliage.
Photo by Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery
Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow' courtesy of Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, OR
Photo by Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery

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