This hybrid between Sitka spruce (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) grows very fast: from cuttings to a 15- or 20-ft.-high tree in 5 years. It is most often planted as quick screening. In gardens, it usually reaches 60 to 70 ft. tall, 8 to 15 ft. wide; can be pruned into tall (10 to 15-ft.) hedge but will quickly get away from you without regular maintenance. Long, slender, upright branches with flattened gray-green foliage sprays give youthful trees a narrow, pyramidal form, though they can become open and floppy. Produces small cones composed of scales. Will accept a wide variety of soils and climate conditions; takes strong wind.
Trailing, thorny canes can grow 10 ft. in a season, but are commonly controlled by pruning and trellis...
Gray-green rosettes of many leaves are joined by fine hairs for a cobweb-covered look. Larger rosettes...
This variety of rue is dense and compact, with a fine gray-blue color.