The Cypress Trees (Yellow Cedar) is a medium sized tree that can reach average heights of 24 m or more, it has a broad, trunk that has vertical grooves. Cedars, both red and yellow, usually spread out widely at the base. The crown is sharply cone shaped, with branches that spread out.
The needles are scale like, dark bluish green, slender and sharp. Cones are round, up to 12 mm in diameter, berry like in the first year but becoming woody as they mature. On young trees, the bark is thin, grayish brown and on mature trees it has narrow intersecting ridges. It is common on the west coast and all of Vancouver Island. It can be found on the whole coast of BC.
Cypress Trees grow well in deep moist soils, usually as single trees but sometimes in small groups. It is common in old-growth stands at low elevations in the mid or north coastal regions alongside western hemlock and western red cedar.
Although most yellow cedar are big, a few can be giants and Vancouver Island has the worlds largest yellow cedar. It is in the big tree creek area up along cooper creek, its name is The Admiral Broeren. This tree is massive, it makes you feel very small when you are up close to it.