Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'

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Japanese Cedar ‘Yoshino’

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'

‘Yoshino’ means “respectful,” and this well-mannered Japanese cedar respects your time with its ability to look after itself.  Soft to the touch and deer resistant, the evergreen conifer requires little care to maintain a gracefully svelte and pyramidal shape.

Its spirally-affixed lime green to blue-green needles provide cooling contrast to the rustic appeal of peeling rust-colored bark. The spherical cones which decorate its branch tips may grow to 1 inch in diameter, maturing from purple to coppery tan.

Descended from the national tree of Japan, also known as sugi, ‘Yoshino’ is more fast growing and densely foliaged than the species. It also retains its green color better and is less prone to bronzing in winter. Hardy in zones 5 through 8 and this cultivar may eventually reach 40 feet in height and 30 feet in width. In any case, it should make your neighbors more respectful of your landscaping prowess!  

Additional Information:

Latin Name: Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino'
Plant Type: Tree
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Resistant: Yes
Mature Height: 30-40 Feet
Mature Width: 20-30 Feet
Growth Rate: Fast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5-8
Recommended Spacing: 6 Ft apart
Habit: Pyramid/Columnar
Water Needs: Average
Maintenance: Easy
Pruning Time: Late Summer, Early Fall
Additional attribute:
Year-round Interest
Landscape Uses:
Privacy Plants, Hedges, Rock Garden, Windbreaker


Japanese cedars prefer rich, moist, well-drained, and mildly acidic soil in full sun, but also will tolerate partial shade. Provide them some protection from northern gales.

Especially appropriate for Asian or Zen gardens, they also add a touch of the Orient to more typical landscaping. You may want to plant a single specimen tree, which can be strung with twinkly lights during the holiday season, or grow several in a rank for privacy screening.

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Plants with listed heights (i.e. 4-5 ft) are measured from the top of the root ball to the top of the plant. Basically, what will be exposed out of the ground after planting. We do not count the root ball or container in the tree size.

Many of our plants come in the plastic Nursery Containers in which they are grown. These containers come in various sizes. Typically, the larger the container, the more mature and larger the plant is. The containers are measured by the "Gallon". More often than not, the larger the gallon size, the larger the plant.

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