Japanese Cedar 'Yoshino'

Cryptomeria japonica

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptomeria (krip-toh-MER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Yoshino



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By air layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Canton, Georgia

Lula, Georgia

Frankfort, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Monroe, Louisiana

West Friendship, Maryland

Woburn, Massachusetts

Exeter, New Hampshire

Allentown, New Jersey

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Blakeslee, Pennsylvania

North, South Carolina

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Orlean, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2018, Xygris from Woburn, MA wrote:

My in-laws had this tree planted for them by a landscaper on the northwest corner of their house (Zone 7). It had part shade in the morning, full sun in midday (part shade in winter) and part shade in evening (full Sun in Winter). It was planted in an old creek bed where the soil was always moist but not soaking wet. The tree grew to be full and beautiful it was really stunning, like a huge Hinoki False Cypress but also majestic like a weeping willow swaying in the breeze. In 7 or 8 years it grew from 5 feet to over 35 feet tall.


On Dec 8, 2012, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have "Cryptomeria japonica Yoshino Japanese Cedar" planted in the ground in zone 8A for 4-5 years now. I planted it as a 6-7 ft. tall tree away but at the same time pretty close to tall oak trees, which (the oaks) are on a south side of the Japanese Cedar). It would get some overhead and morning sun, especially in summer, but a lot of time it would stay in a shade of the oak tree, although not directly under it, about 50 ft. away from it. Then in the late afternoon and evening more shade from tall pines on the west side from it. In those 4 to 5 years it grew just barely a foot and did not develop any dense branches. It shed a lot and remained pretty much the same size for all those years, yet it did not die either. The soil is fine. Now I took the oaks out and will see whether it will gr... read more


On Jan 21, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

We have two - the one in a moister location is not doing as well as then one exposed in the middle of the yard. This could be due to the moisture, or due to the fact that it has spent three seasons in a row pushing out huge numbers of cones. Extremely fast growing. Perfectly conical without trimming, dense habit, soft. Gracefully sways in the wind. Makes an awesome outdoor living Christmas tree - the lights twinkle through the branches in the lightest wind!

Highly recommended as an alternative to Leyland Cypress, which is hugely overplanted in Maryland. Also check out the other Japanese Cedar varieties. We only have Yoshino, but the neighbors have others and they are just as beautiful and care free. Lovely when planted in a cluster.


On Jul 1, 2006, bed24 from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Has demonstrated hardiness to zone 5b without any special protection. Yellows in winter but color returns to green in spring. A great tree that is underutilized in zones 5 & 6.