Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa' / Globose Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa' is a flattened dwarf selection of Japanese cedar with spreading branches and twisted twigs bearing upturned tips. It's perpetually juvenile foliage is thick and Blue green during the growing season before turning an interesting and attractive burnished bronze in winter in colder climates.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3.5 feet (1.2 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12 cm).

This cultivar originated in 1942 at Pierre Lombarts Nursery, Zundert, The Netherlands. P. Den Ouden and B.K. Boom first described it in 1949, in their book, Manual of Cultivated Conifers: Hardy in the Cold- and Warm-Temperature Zone.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa' — an ancient specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Ria Wentink