There is a quality of grace and elegance about drooping trees that makes them very attractive. A drooping tree has horizontal branches from which slender twigs hang down in a fringe, while weeping trees have larger branches that also hang down below horizontal. Weeping trees are generally artificial forms, mutations, that need to be grafted or trained upward initially as a young plant. By contrast, drooping trees are usually natural.

The Nootka cypress, Chamaecypris nootkatensis, looks like the related ordinary Lawson cypress, but it has small, drooping branches. It is upright in shape, broadly pillar-like, and the main branches arch out from the trunk. The small branches and twigs hang straight down. This growth habit is considered a defence against snow damage to the branches. It grows along the northwest coast of America, north into Alaska, and in this area the ability to shed heavy falls of snow is a distinct advantage. There is an even more drooping form called Pendula, which is the one most commonly seen here, with branchlets that droop straight down. A most elegant tree, especially when the new foliage freshens it in springtime.