Common Name: Japanese cedar
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan and southern China.
Habit: Slender, pyramidal, evergreen conifer with tiered horizontal branching, slightly pendulous at the tips. Can grow to 150′ tall in native habitat. In cultivation, usually to 60′ tall.
Leaves: Sharply pointed, awl-shaped, fragrant, green to blue-green needles (to 3/4″ long) are spirally arranged, slightly appressed. Foliage is soft to the touch. May bronze in cold winters.
Leaf Arrangement: Spiral
Flowers and Fruit: Spherical fruiting cones (to 1″ diameter) appear at the shoot ends.
Bark: Reddish-brown bark exfoliates in strips.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, rich, fertile, acidic, well-drained soils. Not drought tolerant.
Exposure: Full sun. Tolerates light shade.
Landscape Uses: Large specimen. Screen.
Limitations: Leaf blight and leaf spot.