Yoshino Japanese Cedar Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Yoshino Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'

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Yoshino Japanese Cedar is a magnificent underused evergreen tree that offers a fresh change from the Spruces, Pines, and Arborvitaes that are often planted (or overplanted) in the landscape. If you look closely, you’ll see that the interesting foliage (which is only slightly prickly) is composed of thin ropy branchlets that look almost braided. This medium to large-sized conical tree will grace your garden with a fine, feathery texture that will soften the hard lines of your home and provide the perfect contrast to larger leaved plants. Use Yoshino as a single specimen or plant a row of trees along your property line for a year-round privacy screen. A distinctive and uncommon tree.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

The national tree of Japan is Sugi, but we know it as Japanese Cedar, or Cryptomeria japonica. Cedar Avenue is a street lined with approximately 13,000 Sugi trees in Japan. Legand has it that Matsudaira Masatsuna, a Daimyo serving Shogun Tokugawa leyasu, arrived at the Shoguns funeral in Nikko Tosho-gu but was too poor to donate a stone lantern. He asked if he could plant an avenue of Sugi instead saying, “that future visitors might be protected from the heat of the sun”. His offer was accepted and the ambitious project which began around 1625, took 20 years to complete. Today of the 200,000 Sugi trees that were planted 13,000 still exist. The trees along Cedar Avenue of Nikko are over 380 years old and the total length of the avenue is 22 miles with an average height of 88 feet. The Cedar Avenue of Nikko has been entered into the Guinness Book of Record’s as the world’s longest avenue of trees.

The Details

Go ahead, feel its branchlets! If you want to add a tropical touch to your landscape, take home this Japanese Cedar. Very stately and handsome, this evergreen has bright blue-green summer foliage that will prominently accent your garden. Your friends will never forget the uniquely textured foliage. A Gold Medal Plant Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.

How to Grow

Japanese Cedars are beautiful evergreens with unique foliage. They like full sun and good soil conditions, make sure that the soil is not too wet. Older varieties of Japanese Cedar tend to get a “bronze” tint to them in winter; Yoshino does also, but only slightly, even if planted in a protected area. The blue-green foliage color will return in spring. Japanese Cedar will benefit from an annual application of fertilizer. In the fall, apply a medium rate fertilizer for the first 3 or 4 years after planting. The fall application supplies your Japanese Cedar with nutrients needed to produce healthy new growth for the following spring. Because Japanese Cedar have such a nice natural growth habit – there is really no need to prune them at all.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Light Shade
Avg Mature Height 40'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 25-30'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Blue-Green
Fall Leaf Color Bronze-Green
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award Yes
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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