Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese cedar) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-46120 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 01 Aug 2008 last updated: 19 Jun 2012
Organism information
Cryptomeria japonica
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Pinophyta
Class Pinopsida
Order Pinales
Family Cupressaceae
Genus Cryptomeria
Species Cryptomeria japonica
  • Cupressus japonica
  • Japanese cedar
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Trees
Wild
Characteristics related to biosafety
The wild Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) is a forest tree native to Japan and southern China. The best stands grow on the lower slopes of mountains where annual rainfall is high.
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Japanese cedar needs well drained soil but plenty of water for best growth. Never allow the soil to dry out and mist if the humidity stays very low.
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  • Timber
Additional Information
Japanese cedar can be difficult to grow from seed. Named cultivars are propagated vegetatively by rooting mature tip cuttings in late summer or autumn, or by layering. Japanese cedar is highly prized for bonsai, and the wild form is harvested commercially for timber. Japanese cedar is one of very few conifers that will coppice - sprout back from cut stumps.

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