Taiwania cryptomerioides
Common name: 
Formosan Redwood
Taiwan Cedar
Taiwania
Coffin Tree
Pronunciation: 
Tie-WHAN-ee-a krip-to-me-ree-OI-deez
Family: 
Cupressaceae, Taxodiaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Taiwania flousiana
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen conifer, a tree to a height of over 80 m (260 ft) in its habitat, but much less in cultivation.  Bark gray-brown, exfoliating in strips.  Needles on younger trees narrow-linear to sickle-shaped, to 17 mm long, blue-green.  Leaves on adult trees are scale-like, 5-6 mm long and lie flat against the branchlets.  Cones are terminal, 8-12 mm long, globose or ovate, similar to those of Tsuga
  • Sun, but sheltered, acidic soil that is well-drained.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8      Native to the slopes of Mt. Morrison, Taiwan. Also found in Myanmar, Vietnam and China.  It is one of the most massive tree species in Asia.  It was first scientifically described and named by a Japanese botanist named Bunzo Hayata in 1906, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. 
  • cryptomerioides: resembling Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica). The juvenile needles on young trees resemble those of Crypotmeria but they are longer and stouter.
  • Portland, Oregon: The Garden at Elk Rock, 11800 SW Military Lane
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    plant habit

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    branches

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    branchlets and needles