Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' / Yoshino Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' is a handsome, fast growing tree-form of Japanese cedar that can be used as central feature in a landscape or several can be planted in a row to create a screen. Compared to Leyland cypress (Cupressus × leylandii), which is frequently used in rows, 'Yoshino' is more shade tolerant and a good substitute when less light is available. Its strong central leader defines a slender pyramidal shape that requires no pruning. Spring color is lime green but as cold weather approaches it takes on a darker green, almost plum in winter.

Typical rate of growth in most areas is will reach 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) a years resulting in a large columnar tree 10 feet (4 m) tall and six feet (1 m) wide after 10 years in the landscape.

This cultivar originated in Japan in the 1920s. According to Jacobson, it has been in North American commerce since 1938.

Attribution from: Arthur Lee Jacobson, North American Landscape Trees, ©1996, Ten Speed Press

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' — a closeup of the foliage.
Photo by Dax Herbst
The new growth is a lime green which retains that color until fall when it darkens, as here, photographed in Brunswick, ME in late September, 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' — a closeup of foliage
Photo by Sean Callahan
Pollen cones of Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’ in the Gardens of the Big Bend, Quincy, FL.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’ in the Gardens of the Big Bend, Quincy, FL.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
Male strobli on Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'
Photo by Tom Cox

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