Japanese Cedar?

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  1. dsr

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    This tree is about 8’ tall. Is it Japanese Cedar?
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sugi Cryptomeria japonica. Often, though incorrectly, called Japanese "cedar" (it isn't a cedar Cedrus), due to a mistranslation of the Japanese name スギ.
     
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    Looks very much like Cryptomeria Japonica to me.
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    "Sugi" in Japanese.

    I think there are nearly 20 "Cedars" in vernacular (American?) English that are not from the genus Cedrus. It's often confusing for non-native speakers : estern white cedar, eastern red cedar, yellow cedar, etc.

    And yes, there are many cultivars. "Bandai sugi" is a dwarf form often used by bonsai enthusiasts. A bit like Sequoiadendron giganteum, it's not easy to keep healthy as a potted tree here. The leaves are turning brown in winter but it's not deciduous. Some cultivars keep their green colour all through the seasons.
     
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    I measured the tree at 10ft and it is growing quite aggressively into a mature plum tree. I'm thinking I should probably transplant to a location where it can go vertical?
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Is the plum yours?
     
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    Yes the plum is on my property.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Plum does not have a particularly attractive structure, maybe just remove that and leave the conifer where it is.
     

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