Trees by Genus

Genus 'Cryptomeria'

Cryptomeria japonica

Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar)

Cryptomeria japonica

Native: China, Japan

Location: This is an important forestry tree in Japan where it yields valuable timber. Cultivated as an ornamental in Europe and N. America.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Cryptomeria japonica

Male and female cones are separate, but on the same tree. Male catkins are present throughout winter, then turn yellow, then shed pollen in late February or early March. Females are the tiny green rosettes at tips of shoots. They develop into mature cones.

Mature Cones

Cryptomeria japonica

Mature cones are green and 15mm across by autumn. These dry out, turn brown, and release their seed the following autumn.