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Cryptomeria japonica 'Tenzan Yatsabusa' (4 Replies)

Posted December 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I would like to know why the word ‘Yatsabusa’ was added to the name of this conifer.

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Posted December 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

who did that? It’s always been and always will be just ‘Tenzan.’

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Posted February 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Check out Page 11:
http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/10/2/252.full.pdf
Definitely can find a number of growers and references online with Yatsabusa in the name. Even within Arboretums – http://jcra.ncsu.edu/resources/photographs/details.php?serial=587222 alas doesn’t make it correct as far as I know, but Dave far more an expert than I.

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Posted September 4, 2015 at 6:47 pm

So the RHS encyclopedia lists a dwarf crypto called ‘Yatsubusa’ or, alternatively, ‘Yatsubusa-sugi’, which is AKA ‘Yokohama’. Could be that some growers have confounded the two (and misspelled ‘Yatsubusa”, while they were at it). I have a ‘Tenzan’ and a plant sold to me three years ago as a ‘Tenzan Yatsabusa’. The “TY”, although still well under a foot tall, is nevertheless larger than any Tenzan should ever be. What the “TY” actually is, is anyone’s guess, but at this point, ‘Yatsubusa’ is at least a possibility, whereas ‘Tenzan’ is not.

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Posted September 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

I bought what was sold to me as a ‘Tenzan,’ so I think I’ll stick with that name. It’s certainly easier to spell that way.

To answer Louise’s original question: it was likely done as a mischievous prank during a drunken night of revelry.

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