Weeping Nootka Cypress Tree Update - September 2023
The biggest, most-interesting, focal-point conifer in our backyard is a small Weeping Nootka Cypress tree that I planted in late May of 2021 in one of the big, swooping curves along the north side of the beds about 2/3rds of the way back. It has now been 28 months (May 2021 --> September 2023) since this was planted and although I was quite concerned about this thing surviving, I can report that the tree has not only survived, but has been putting on a small amount of growth. Below is a photo showing the current shape and size of this focal-point evergreen tree:
It isn't super easy to tell, but when I compare the photos over the years, I can see that it has put on height from the leader (apical meristem) and all of the limbs have extended with new, pendulous growth. The 'skirt' from the lowest limbs has grown, too. But, I haven't touched this with a pruner since it went in and I think that's the right move.
My plan is to keep watering this in until the first frosts arrive to give it a little bit of help against the cold temperatures.