Japanese cryptomeria Cupressaceae Cryptomeria japonica
Leaf:Evergreen, awl-shaped, spirally arranged; 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, curving inward toward twig; green (may be bronze or brown in winter), persistent for several years.
Flower:Species is monoecious; females round, light green, with loose scales; males light brown, appearing from leaf axils near branch tips; appearing in early spring.
Fruit:Round cone, 1 inch across, numerous sharp pointed scales giving it a spiny appearance; reddish brown.
Twig:Moderately stout and green for several years, drooping.
Bark:Attractive, vertically peeling in strips, reddish brown.
Form:Upright tree with a narrow crown; typically one straight trunk; finer branches drooping; can reach heights of 60 feet.