Japanese Cedar?

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I ran across about 10 small trees in 2 gallon pots at a local nursery. Identified as Japanese Cedar. Mostly straight sticks about 4' tall but with very dense twigging from the ground up. Trunks about 3/4 to 1" at the soil level.

Dark green needles and the needles were about 1/4" long. The way the branching was from soil to top I would guess they must bud back from old wood quite well.

Anyone worked with them? I can see them as being developed in a multi tree planting, a forest or something like that.
 

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Japanese Cedar is the common name for Cryptomeria Japonica. The Japanese used to (still do i guess) make Tansu chests out of this wood.

Vic and our friend will (grouper52) both have excellent examples of Cryptomeria. From what I have learned from additonal sources is that they do in deed back bud on old wood but only in _some_ varieties.

They make Fabulous bonsai and you will find yourself truly enchanted by them as they mature. have any pics? I am personally looking for an extrememly large one to workt with but as you can imagine that search isn't coming along very fast.
 

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Eric depending on your definition of large you may want to come south to Woodland and hit Tsugawa's nursery just off I-5. I bought a large one there.

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They do seem to back bud easily but... extreme bending seems to snuff branches and they can be brittle. They also seem to grow fairly slowly so patience is indeed a virtue here. They make great bonsai and I don't understand why they are so largely ignored.
 

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Hi Mac,

Ang3lfir3 is right. In my experience they will back bud on old wood, prolifically sometimes, but only if they are just growing robustly, say in a nursery pot or in the ground. BUT, if you try to INDUCE back budding by chopping or any other method they will just ignore you. In general I like them a lot, very versatile, robust and hardy. The foliage on some varieties is exceptionally small and tight, easily giving the illusion that you are viewing a large tree from afar. Good luck with the ones you have.
 

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