Cryptomeria japonica 'Compressa' / compressed Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Compressa' (also known as Borodo or Borodo-sugi) is a broad, globose, very dense and robust dwarf selection of Japanese cedar. It's structure is comprised of numerous, small, protruding leaders terminating in rosettes of reflective, glossy dark-green needles. In winter, the foliage turns a distinctive red-brown. This cultivar is similar to, but slightly smaller than 'Vilmoriniana' and lacks the nodding tips of the branchlets. Typical rate of growth in most areas in around 1.5 inches (4 cm) a year resulting in a irregular globe, 15 inches (40 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden.

This cultivar originated in Japan in the early 1940s. J. Blaauw & Company, Boskoop, The Netherlands made this cultivar's European introduction in 1949.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer, RHS Encyclopedia of Confiers, ©2012, Kingsblue Publishing

Cryptomeria japonica 'Compressa' — a perfect mature specimen in a private garden in Chesapeake Beach Maryland.
Photo by Alan Twohig
Cryptomeria japonica Compressa
Photo by Conifer Gardens Nursery, Australia