Plants of merit: Japanese cedar

WHAT: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan sugi’ is a golden Japanese cedar and the national tree of Japan.

It creates a major visual impact in the residential garden due to its bronze to golden foliage.

The new growth comes on as a vanilla-cream color, which is accentuated by the greenish-bronze tones in winter.

SUN OR SHADE: Sekkan sugi performs best in full sun but tolerates dappled shade.

SIZE: This tree is easily kept short with a little pruning. It can be maintained at 10 feet tall by 4 feet wide or,left to its own devices, it will grow to 25 feet over many years.

SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens; 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; for more information see www.evergreenarboretum.com and take a virtual photo tour. Call 425-257-8597 for more information.

Source: Sandra Schumacher

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