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
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!