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Commonly known as Japanese cedar
Genus of 1 (possibly 2) species of evergreen, coniferous tree from forests in China and Japan.
It was thought that another species C. fortunei might be endemic to China but their is no direct evidence. It is seen most widely in the UK in its dwarf forms the most common of which is 'Elegans' which retains its juvenile foliage.
It is one of the few conifers which will withstand coppicing. The timber is extremely fragrant and insect and weather resistant. When buried it turns a dark green which enhances its value.
EvergreenMonoecious(separate male and female flowers on same plant).
Additional FeaturesGood to knowUnlike most conifers, will withstand coppicing back to within 60-90cm (24-36in) of ground level for restoration.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChina, Japan.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus- richTolerates allTolerates most well drained soils including chalk.
Buy Varieties of CRYPTOMERIA
columnar tree with curved spreading branches
juvenile feathery foliage, bronze red in autumn & winter
attractive yellow-green foliage which does not turn bronze
a dense compact habit with striking yellowish new growth
small tree with attractive creamy yellow young foliage