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5.‘Yoshino’ Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
5 – 9
50 – 60  with a maximum of 100’
20 – 30
Pyramidal or conical with a stout trunk and erect, wide-spreading branches
Best in full sun
Rich, deep, lightly permeable, acidic, moist soil preferable
Cones: inconspicuous
seeds in 1/2 – 1 broad, dark brown terminal cones
Landscape use:
Graceful and stately specimen tree; great for avenues; makes great privacy barrier; good substitute for Leyland cypress
Native range is China and Japan; introduced 1861
Problems: leaf blight, leaf spot, branch dieback
Significant Features:
Fast growth rate; bright blue-green summer foliage


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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