Cryptomeria japonica 'Twinkle Toes'

Cryptomeria japonica 'Twinkle Toes' is a dwarf conical selection of Japanese cedar dense branching and striking yellow foliage, which is more intense in early spring with the onset of new growth.

[Iseli Nursery Online Catalog] Bright yellow new growth appears to twinkle against the mature green foliage of this irregular upright mound. The color fades to light green at the end of the season. The small scale foliage makes 'Twinkle Toes' and colorful and suitable addition to the rock garden or in containers on the patio or deck.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated at Iseli Nursery, Boring Oregon in the late 1990s. They propagated it from a yellow sport found on C. japonica 'Tansu.' During a lengthy evaluation period, it was maintained under the provisional name [Tansu Yellow Sport] and will sometimes still be seen published under that name.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Twinkle Toes' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Tom Cox