All Shades of Green—-A Plant Perspective

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’


Young Sekkan Sugi

If you saw this scrawny little Japanese Cedar at the nursery, you probably wouldn’t look again.  It’s top-heavy, oddly shaped and strange.  Not the perfectly symmetrical conifer that most people are looking for.  But if you waited a few years you would be in for a real treat, for this ugly duckling will  transform into a swan!  A graceful and full Japanese Cedar with a beautiful dusting of brightness on the tips that is makes it a magnificent focal point in the garden.  The first time I saw the tree pictured below I was immediately drawn to it.  I ran my hand over the course foliage, I admired the knobby cones scattered throughout the tree and I just had to stop and stare at the colors that seemed to rain down upon the tree.  A creamy white was dripping off all the branches.  So pretty!  Once I learned the name of this Japanese Cedar, Cryptomeria japonica Sekkan Sugi, I began to learn more about it and to look for it in the landscape.  Alas, this variety is not as common as a Emerald Green Arborvitae or Leyland Cypress, but it does show off it’s royal branches in the occasional yard.

Just the Facts

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’   Sekkan Sugi Japanese Cedar
Height 20ft (6m) in ten years  Vigourous grower
Evergreen    Pyramidal Shape
Needles bronzy purple in cold weather
Moist, well-drained acid soil
Full Sun to part shade
Reddish-brown attractive bark


Mature Sekkan Sugi

This flock of birds was chattering and flying through Sammamish when I happened to spot them on a fountain as they stopped for a drink.  I think they are Red Crossbills.  They were so cute!


A Flock of Red Crossbills

Author: rainyleaf

So much pruning, so little time!

8 thoughts on “Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’

  1. A very graceful evergreen. It looks soft and silky, but I’m sure appearances deceive!

  2. It’s not too scratchy (as some Cryptomeria are!) Also called Cryptomeria ‘Sekkan’, as ‘Sugi’ means Cryptomeria in Japanese. One of our favorites! Thx for the post.

  3. I am not easily impressed by evergreens but I love this one.

  4. Yes, this is a beautiful specimen. I always stare at it when I go by!

  5. It’s absolutely lovely! I’ve never seen one before.

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