Trees - Cypress

Cryptomeria japonica - Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria (literally "hidden parts") is a monotypic genus of conifer in the cypress family Cupressaceae, formerly belonging to the family Taxodiaceae. It includes only one species, Cryptomeria japonica (syn. Cupressus japonica L.f.). It is endemic to Japan, where it is known as sugi (Japanese: 杉). The tree is called Japanese cedar[3] or Japanese red-cedar[4] in English.

The typical varieties used for bonsai are: Elegans Nana, Globosa Nana, Pygmaea, Sekkan-Sugi, and Vilmoriniana.


Japanese Cedar - "Sekkan-Sugi"



 Creamy yellow new growth with rich green interior - narrow pyramid grows 12”per year, 12' x 4' in 10 years, 25' given time.


Cryptomerian japonica "Pygmae"

japanese cedar pygmae

Miniature variety with tiny bright green needles that turn bronze in winter.  Very tight, congested habit, growing only 1” per year to 10” in 10 years.

Another miniature form of Japanese Cedar. Grows 1/2 inch per year. Leaves are juvenile compressed foliage that is bright green. Pointed leaves turn slight red in winter.  Can be a round ball or cone in shape. full sun. height x spread in 10 years 1ft x 1 ft. Zone 5




Boulevard False Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard' - silvery blue, great bark, needs a few hours of direct sunlight



Dwarf Hinoki False Cypress - Chamaecyparis obtusa 'nana gracilis' or 'Nana Rigida'


Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypress - Chamaecyparis obtusa 'nana lutea'


Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) 'JR' or 'J.R.'
This variety was introduced to miniature gardening in 1960. Its cultivar name consists of the initials for Joe Reis, a famed Long Island bonsai artist who developed it from a seedling mutation. It has nevertheless come often to be pronounced "Junior" because of the size. Though slightly pointed & bun-shaped in youth, it can grow almost as much as two inches a year in width while gaining only about one inch a year in height. At ten years of age 'JR' is usually no more than a foot tall but can be 18 to 22 inches wide, flattening & broadening with age.

Plumosa Compressa


 Sawara False Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa'
a yellow-green shrub two to three feet tall


Dainty Doll

'Dainty Doll' False Cypress - Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Dainty Doll'


Sawara False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera) 'Cream Ball' The "Cream" comes from the fact that the foliage tips are the palest yellow-green that sometimes fades to white. Chamaecyparis pisifera means "Ground-Growing Cypress which is Bearing Peas," referring to its tiny cones that many of the cultivars never produce.
Sawara cultivars tolerate some shade but most would prefer full sun. They need moist acidic soil & may die in alkaline soil. They're somewhat drought hardy when established, some will prove very drought hardy, though they need to be on a better watering schedule than dwarf junipers require & if a really droughty location is selected, junipers are a better choice than false cypress.


Sawara False Cypress (Chamaecyparis ??) 'Mops' which has threadlike yellow evergreen branches, could reach three feet tall


Sawara False Cypress (Chamaecyparis ??) 'Sungold' with mounding green foliage, at present less than two feet tall, but could someday be eight feet tall & more than ten feet wide


false cypress, white/sawara, Chamaecyparis pisicera "nana", "little jamie",

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