Cryptomeria japonica

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Name and publication

Cryptomeria japonica (L.f.) D. Don, Trans. Linn. Soc. London 18: 167 (1841).


The branches of Japanese-cedar are sold in the potpourri trade as “dhupi sprigs.” These shoots, in variable lengths from 1-10 cm bear keeled, needle-like leaves 3-10 mm long.

Nativity and distribution

Cryptomeria japonica is native to China and Japan but widely cultivated throughout the world.


Cupressaceae, also placed in Taxodiaceae


Cupressus japonica L.f.