Culture: Best grown in moist, rich, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Site in a location protected from drying winter winds.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Japanese cedar is a slender, pyramidal, evergreen conifer with tiered horizontal branching that is slightly pendulous at the tips. It is native to forested areas in Japan and China where it grows as a single trunk tree to as much as 150′ tall with an 8′ trunk diameter. In cultivation in the U. S., it grows smaller, more typically to 50-60′ tall. Sharply-pointed awl-shaped, green to blue-green needles (to 3/4″ long) are spirally arranged. Foliage may bronze in cold winters. Spherical fruiting cones (to 1″) appear at the shoot ends. Reddish-brown bark exfoliates in strips. This is a prized timber tree in its native habitat. Compact and dwarf cultivars are commonly sold in commerce. Zones 5 to 9.