Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis'
Common name: 
Spiralis Japanese Cedar
Pronunciation: 
krip-tow-ME-ri-a ja-PON-i-ka
Family: 
Taxodiaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Conifer, evergreen, tree/shrub, densely branched, broad upright habit, vigorous, about 5 ft × 5 ft (1.5 m × 1.5 m) in 10 years,  Leaves (needles) light-green, they spiral around the thick branchlets and form twisted ropes of foliage.   "Occasionally, with age, this plants develops a stem and forms a narrow cone several meters tall, then the branches will spiral around the stem and the foliage is gradually changed" [less tightly spiraled] (Krüssmann (1985).
  • Sun and part shade.  
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6     Imported to Holland from Japan in 1860.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Weatherford Hall.
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