Splendid Japanese Cedar Trees For A Landscape
Japanese cedar trees (Cryptomeria japonica) are lovely evergreens that become more splendid as they mature. When they are young, they grow in an attractive pyramid shape, but as they grow older, their crowns open further to form a narrow oval. Japanese cedar trees can grow very large, reaching 230 ft (70 m) tall, with a trunk diameter of 13 ft (4 m). In ten years, they can grow up to 25 ft (7.6 m). Due to this, they are often planted along roads, where they can look very stately. The trees can live for hundreds of years. The bluish-green leaves look like needles and are 0.20-0.39 in (0.5-1 cm) long, arranged in spirals covering the branches. The trees have globular seed cones that are 0.39-0.79 in (1-2 cm) in diameter. The branches grow in horizontal groups. They point upwards at first, then droop near the ends. The bark is reddish-brown and forms long strips that peel off from the tree.
The trees should generally be grown in full sun, although they should have partial shade in warmer climates. They prefer to be kept moist, although they do exhibit some drought tolerance. Japanese cedar trees will tolerate compacted soil, making it a good tree for parking lots and medians. They also make good windbreaks. If the trees get too tall, they can be cut down and will re-grow.