Family Cupressaceae (Cypress family)
Cryptomeria is a fast-growing, evergreen tree that can grow up to 100 feet tall. Leaves are bluish green or bright green during the growing season and brownish during cold weather. Leaves are needlelike. Trees produce roundish brown cones.
Optimum conditions for growth
Cryptomeria does well in areas with full sun with regular amounts of water. Prune out some branches to give a tiered appearance. Large varieties need a lot of growing space. Dwarf varieties grow well in containers or rock gardens.
Japanese cedar foliage
Foliage of Japanese plume cedar