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C O M M O N  N A M E : Sawara Falsecypress
O R I G I N :  Japan
F A M I L Y : Cupressaceae
Z O N E :  4
T Y P E :  Needled evergreen
H E I G H T :  avg. 50 to 70' max. 120'
S U N :  Best in full sun; tolerates light shade
S O I L : Moist, loamy
M O I S T U R E : Medium

T A G S :  scale leaves, monoecious, massing, screen, park tree, Honshu, Kyushu, coniferous, small cones 

D E S C R I P T I O N 

Known as the Sawara Falsecypress, this is a medium to large conifer. The tucked-in nature of its foliage gives its 10 to 20' spread organization. Its composure is striking in its youth; by maturity its form is pyramidal, and its habit is looser and more open.

F O L I A G E   &   C O N E 

Japanese Falsecypress leaves express a fanned growth pattern that maintain a neat composure. Dark green leaves are scale and awl-like, overlapping, appressed, and ovate-lanceolate. 

Cones are small and rounded, with a width of 1/6 to 1/4" and golden brown in tint. 

T R U N K 

Reddish, light brown striated bark peels and shreds. Exfoliating and furrowed. 

C A R E 

Transplants well as balled and burlapped or from containers. Establish it in sunny areas in lime-free soils that are well-drained, moist and loamy. 





"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," by Michael Dirr.