Cryptomeria japonica


Japanese cedar

Evergreen pyramid-shaped tree growing up to 45m high. Leaves are mid-green, short, leathery, overlapping needles, arranged spirally on the stems. Female cones are borne near the branch tips. There are approx 50 varieties, featuring variable size, shape and foliage colours.


Ornamental tree suitable for large gardens, parks, windbreaks and avenues. Can be trained into a hedge. Used for timber in its native Japan.


Suitable for full sun or part shade in a cool or mild climate. It prefers deep, fertile, well-drained and moist soils. Frost tolerant, but sensitive to drought. Can be pruned, but avoid cutting into old wood. Propagate from seed or cuttings.


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Book: ‘Growing Conifers’ by John Mason is available through Courses on Conifers and Landscape Design are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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