Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.f.) D.Don

Japanese Cedar

Cultivar Giokumo Form

Cultivar Giokumo Form


Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Cryptomeria

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 8

Size: 50 to 60' tall and 25 to 30' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Broadly columnar to pyramidal form. Leaves awl-shaped and densely crowded on long, slender branchlets. Blue-green color with bronzing in winter. Small terminal cones. Best with protection from strong winds.


'Beaumont's Dwarf' - pyramidal dwarf

'Giokumo' - densely pyrmidal to 10' tall

'Little Jewel' - Clemson


Native to Japan, discovered there by Kaempfer in 1692. Cultivated in China. Introduced to England in 1842 and the US in 1861.

Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 18: 167 in 1841.

RHS Award of garden merit in 2002.

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