Cryptomeria japonica 'Tansu' / Tansu Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Tansu' is a small, dense, irregular-pyramidal selection of Japanese cedar. Branching is random and clumpy and its semi-juvenile foliage is light-to-medium green, and longer in the middle of the stem. Needles will bronze in winter in colder climates. Iseli nursery describes it as having, "very attractive form; a perfect Asian-style garden accent plant."

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 28 inches (70 cm) tall and 20 inches (50 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm)

This cultivar originated in 1982 at Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA. It should be noted that the provisional name for this conifer was [Yatsubusa], which is identical to the name which is synonymous with C. japonica 'Yokohama.' These two selections are similar enough in appearance that they could very well prove to be one in the same.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Tansu' A small, dense, irregular pyramid. The needles are light-to-medium green, and longer in the middle of the stem. Very attractive form. Bronzes in winter. Perfect Asian style garden accent plant.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Tansu' Stanley & Sons Nursery 2006-2007; Wholesale Nursery Catalog
Photo by David Stegmaier