|Sawara Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera |
Redwood, Cypress, Juniper, Arborvitae
This slow-growing conifer is highly prized in Japan as an ornamental and for building lumber.
|Sawara Cypress is native to Japan, where it is grown for timber used in building construction, and is highly valued as an ornamental or specimen tree in parks and gardens.|
Sawara Cypress is a slow-growing coniferous tree. The bark is red-brown, vertically fissured and stringy. The foliage is arranged in flat sprays; adult leaves are scale-like, 2 mm long, with pointed tips, green above, green below with a white stomatal band at the base of each scale-leaf. Arranged in opposite decussate pairs on the shoots. The juvenile leaves, found on young seedlings, are needle-like, bluish-green.
A large number of cultivars have been selected for garden planting, including dwarf forms, forms with yellow or blue-green leaves, and forms retaining the juvenile needle-like foliage; particularly popular juvenile foliage cultivars include 'Plumosa', 'Squarrosa' and 'Boulevard'.
These Sawara Cypress at the Morton Arboretum are 80 years old 
1. Sawara Cypress, Morton Arboretum acc. 745-27-4, photos © Bruce Marlin
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Family Cupressaceae – Redwood, Cypress, Arborvitae, Juniper
There are thirty (many monotypic) genera and 142 species in the family Cupressaceae, now widely regarded as including the Taxodiaceae, previously treated as a family. The Cupressaceae are found in the fossil record as far back as the Jurassic Period, about 210 million years ago. Cupressaceae Index | Tree Encyclopedia | Trees Index