Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino')
provides a tall, dense, evergreen screen or graceful
specimen for the landscape. It lends textural
and color contrast to the landscape. The summer
needle color is glistening blue-green and growth
rate is fast. It provides a shade-tolerant alternative
to leyland cypress when used for screening purposes
in the landscape.
Cryptomeria Yoshino will reach 30 feet plus in
height with a spread of 6 feet or more. One of
the most cold hardy forms. This pyramidal tree
has a strong, dominant central leader with reddish
brown bark on the main trunk. During winter the
foliage will develop a bronzy-purple winter hue,
especially when exposed to cold winds.
Cryptomeria Yoshino will grow and prosper in
either sun or shade. It prefers moist, rich soils,
but it is tolerant of sandy or clay soils.
once a year in the spring landscape to maintain
rapid growth and good foliage color. Little pruning
is required. Like most conifers, cryptomeria looks
best if the lower branches are allowed to remain
on the plant, keeping foliage all the way to the