Common Name: Japanese cedar
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Time to plant: September to November
A smallish, slow-growing, 1930 American version of the giant Crytomeria japonica, it makes a beautiful small conical evergreen. The new, creamy yellow spring foliage stands out against the dark old leaves; it's greenish-yellow in winter. Outstanding in Japanese-style gardens and elsewhere, as are other forms including the 3m-high bushy 'Elegans Compacta' which goes from green to purple-bronze in winter, and the 8m-high 'Elegans' with shaggy growth and feathery leaves which turn reddish-bronze in winter. 'Sekkan-sugi' needs a sheltered position, away from spring frosts, cold winds and a scorching sun.