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