Garden Debut: Giokumo Cryptomeria

March 12, 2013 -  By

Giokumo Cryptomeria is a dwarf Cryptomeria japonica selection with year-round interest introduced by Garden Debut late last year. This compact, densely pyramidal Japanese cedar has a vigorous growth rate. Early growth in the first three to four years is mounding and spreading, but it matures at a height between 8 and 10 ft. and a width of about 6 to 8 ft. after 20 to 30 years. For added interest, Giokumo sports persistent, cinnamon-colored decorative female cones about 3/4-in. long. It has deep green coloration and 3/8-in.-long, spirally arranged, awl-shaped needles that curve inward with a thick, dense habit. Branchlets are eventually deciduous, typically lasting three to four years.

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