'Japanese Red Cedar'
‘Japanese Temple Cedar’
|Tree lined path to the |
A member of the Cupressaceae family
- Native to China and Japan
- hardy to zone 6
- an evergreen coniferous tree with a graceful habit
- pyramidal or conical with a single trunk
- dense branching when young, developing more clustered, tiered branching with age
- medium texture
Bark is reddish brown to dark gray, fibrous, peeling off in strips
Remove the brown needles that are at the bottom and inside of the trunk and branches as they are the 'old' needles that shed annually. Make sure to keep it outdoors and in morning sun during the warmer months. The evergreen foliage develops a distinct bronze to brown color during cold months, especially in windy exposed locations.
|An example of Sugi wood|
The wood of Japanese Cedar is particularly rot-resistant and easily worked. It is used in buildings, bridges, ships, furniture, utensils and paper manufacture. In Japan, sugi is one of the two most economically important timber species.
|The great sugi of Kayano |
estimated the age to be 2,300 years
Sugi is not a true cedar "Japanese Cedar" is more properly called "Sugi", as in Japan, where the tree originated. Incorrectly called cedars because their heartwood is as aromatic as that of the true cedars, Sugi is the national tree of Japan, and is commonly incorporated into the landscape of temples and shrines.