Cryptomeria japonica 'Hino' / Hino Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Hino' is a dwarf, globose selection of Japanese cedar. It had dense, awl-shaped foliage that is a pleasing emerald green in summer, then taking on a bronze tinge at the tips during the winter. It naturally retains its uniform, globose shape with the need for pruning. Typical rate of growth for this cultivar in most areas is around 1.5 inches (4 cm) per year, producing a 16 by 16 inch (40 x 40 cm) shrub in the landscape after 10 years.

'Hino' is an old cultivar to the nursery trade. It's origin is unknown at this time. It is believed that Iseli nursery of Boring, Oregon introduced it to the American nursery trade in the early 1990s.

Occasionally one will see this cultivar listed as 'Hino-sugi,' which is a common error with many Cryptomeria selections. In the Japanese language, "sugi" simply means "cedar," making its use redundant.

Attribution from: Iseli Nursery, Inc. website.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Hino' at the Gotelli Conifer Collection of the US National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. during May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Cryptomeria japonica 'Hino' — a prime specimen at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox

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