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Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

Japanese Cedar Two large, impressive trees in the Arboretum’s Conifer Collection are the Japanese Cedars on the hill above the Program Shelter and the Oak Collection. These are not true cedars, but belong to the Cupressaceae family, which also includes junipers, bald cypress, arborvitae, and redwoods. A dwarf form of this tree can be found in the Dwarf and Unusual Conifer Collection. This ancient tree is the National tree of Japan and is also called “Temple Tree” for its use in building the centuries-old Shinto temples. It has a pyramidal, conical shape with somewhat pendulous branches. It is evergreen and grows 50-60 ft high — though old trees as high as 230 ft have been reported.

Japanese Cedar Seed Cones Japanese Cedar has blue-green, needle-like leaves and a red-brown bark that peels off in vertical strips. The seed cones are globular. It is a forest tree native to Japan (16% of Japanese managed forests are of Japanese Cedar). It has a wide variety of uses in construction and the manufacture of furniture, utensils, and paper. Japanese Cedar is cultivated as an ornamental, landscape tree, and is frequently used for Bonsai.

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