Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' / Cristate Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' is a broadly conical tree-form of Japanese cedar. It reliably grows bizarre, contorted fasciations on all branches and branchlets. Every tree is unique as the growth is completely random. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall and 6 feet (2 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 40 cm).

This cultivar is of unknown origin, thought to have originated in Yokohama, Japan in the early 1900s. It is an old cultivar that should not be difficult to find in better garden centers.

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Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer, RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers, ©2012 Kingsblue Press

Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' — a closeup of fasciated growth, at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' — a closeup of fasciated growth, at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' — a closeup of fasciated growth, at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' — a closeup of fasciated growth, at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' at Blue Horizon Nursery in Grand Junction, Michigan.
Photo by Brandon Johnson

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