Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.f.) D.Don, Trans. Linn. Soc. London 18: 167 1841. (Syn: Cryptomeria araucarioides Carrière; Cryptomeria compacta Beissn.; Cryptomeria fortunei Otto & A.Dietr.; Cryptomeria fortunei Hooibr.; Cryptomeria generalis E.H.L.Krause; Cryptomeria japonica var. caespitosa Makino ………….; Cryptomeria kawaii Hayata; Cryptomeria lobbiana Billain; Cryptomeria lobbii (Carrière) Lavallée [Illegitimate]; Cryptomeria mairei (H.Lév.) Nakai; Cryptomeria mucronata Beissn.; Cryptomeria nigricans Carrière; Cryptomeria pungens Beissn.; Cryptomeria variegata Beissn.; Cryptomeria viridis Beissn.; Cupressus japonica Thunb. ex L.f.; Cupressus mairei H.Lév.; Schubertia japonica (Thunb. ex L.f.) Spach; Schubertia japonicum (Thunb. ex L. f.) Brongn.; Taxodium japonicum (Thunb. ex L.f.) Brongn.);
Central & S. Japan; Introduced into: Azores, China South-Central, China Southeast, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Føroyar, Great Britain, Korea, Mauritius, New Zealand North, Réunion, Sweden, Turkey as per POWO;
Common name: Japanese Cedar, Sugi, Japanese Red Cedar • Nepali: कत्ले सल्ला Katle Sallaa, धुपी सल्ला Dhupi Sallaa

Cryptomeria (=’hidden parts’) is a monotypic genus of conifer in the cypress family Cupressaceae, formerly belonging to the family Taxodiaceae. It includes only one species, Cryptomeria japonica (syn. Cupressus japonica L.f.).

It is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Sugi (Japanese: ). The tree is often called Japanese cedar in English, though the tree is not related to the true cedars (Cedrus).
It is a very large evergreen tree, reaching up to 70 m (230 ft) tall and 4 m (13 ft) trunk diameter, with red-brown bark which peels in vertical strips. The leaves are arranged spirally, needle-like, 0.5–1 cm (0.20–0.39 in) long; and the seed cones globular, 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) diameter with about 20–40 scales. It is superficially similar to the related Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), from which it can be differentiated by the longer leaves (under 0.5 cm in the Giant Sequoia) and smaller cones (4–6 cm in the Giant Sequoia), and the harder bark on the trunk (thick, soft and spongy in Giant Sequoia).
Cryptomeria grow in forests on deep, well-drained soils subject to warm, moist conditions, and it is fast-growing under these conditions. It is intolerant of poor soils and cold, drier climates.[4]
C. japonica is extensively used in forestry plantations in Japan, China and the Azores islands, and is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in other temperate areas, including Britain, Europe, North America and eastern Himalaya regions of Nepal and India. In the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim, it is called dhuppi and the tall trees yield a light, soft wood that is extensively used for making planking for houses.
The wood is pleasantly scented, reddish-pink in colour, lightweight but strong, waterproof and resistant to decay. It is favoured in Japan for all types of construction work as well as interior panelling, etc. In Darjeeling district and Sikkim in India, where it is one of the most widely growing trees, C. japonica is called Dhuppi and is favoured for its light wood, extensively used in house building.
(From Wikipedia on 8.12.13)


Tree for ID : Lalbagh, Bangalore : 300412 : AK-1:
A very tall tree seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore on the 15th of April,12.
No flowers or fruits seen.
Some Pine?

Araucaria is easy compared to rest of the pine family
I have avoided most of the pine family which confuses the hell out of me.

Cryptomeria is possible given the bark and the pointed scales.

As … has pointed out this is Cryptomeria japonica a common introduced tree from Japan.

Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.f.) D.Don
Dear friends, this ID Cryptomeria japonica is based on the placard – and I think it is correct.
in Van Vihar, Manali on 04 JUN 08

Yes …

Cryptomeria japonica with male cone :  Attachments (1).
I would like to share this photo of Cryptomeria japonica from Shillong, Meghalaya

Cryptomeria japonica (L. f)D.Don. : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Cryptomeria japonica (L. f) D.Don.
(=Cupressus japonica L. f)
Ooty Botanical garden
2000 m
Tree in flowering (cone formation)
Hill slope with red soil.


Gymnosperms Fortnight: Cupressaceae-Cryptomeria japonica from Manali-GS-10 : Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
Cryptomeria japonica photographed from Manali

Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.) D.Don or Japanese cedar is a common ornamental tree of moderate size throughout India.
Here photographed in Nainital area of Uttarakhand.
More details at:


Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.) D. Don
Evergreen tree with reddish-brown bark, spirally arranged 10-12 mm long leaves, keeled on both sides, bluish-green; female cones globose, 15-25 mm across, in clusters.
Photographed from California

The family Taxodiaceae has 8 genera, 5 with only 1 species each.
Cryptomeria japonica : Cryptomeria is a monotypic genus having only one species in it.
(Now this taxon comes under Cupressaceae family)

I have already shared from Manali

Yes Sir, Somehow I know this plant.

Attached are pictures of Cryptomerica japonica from Almora, Uttarakhand captured in November 2012.
Requested to please validate ID.

Very good photographs …



Gymnosperms Fortnight: Cupressaceae-Cryptomeria japonica from Manali-GS-10 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Cryptomeria japonica photographed from Manali

Hats off to u Sir for your wide experience.


Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 10 January 2017
Nepali Names : कत्ले सल्ला Katle Sallaa / धुपी सल्ला Dhupi Sallaa


SK1131 21 MAY 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- around 900 kb each.
Location: Mirik ( Soureni),India
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Date: 8 May 2018
Habit : Wild 

Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L. f.) D. Don  ??

To me also appear close to images at Cryptomeria japonica


Re: Cryptomeria japonica AT/April 2019/02 : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 Mb each.
Japanese cedar, Sugi, Japanese Red Cedar
Cryptomeria japonica

Attachments (2)- 2 mb & 3 Mb each.

Only a few (5-10) trees are growing here in Shimla. They are said to be introduced by Britishers.

then, i hope forest dept would make some efforts to reproduce some seeds and plant a few more in Simla

FOI says: quote “It is extensively planted in eastern Himalayas – Darjeeling, Arunachal Pradesh, E. Nepal and Kathmandu.” end quote
i wonder if these states forest dept. is trying to propagate them?
i used to have some beautiful kitchen utensils with dark black lines, natural, of japanese red cedar. i think it was this tree wood.

I’ll ask some friends from forest department to raise some seedlings.
Tree For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 301213 : AK-39 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Tree seen on 21st Nov in Lalbagh.
A cultivated, huge, tall tree.
Cryptomeria japonicaThe Japanese Cedar
Kindly confirm id.

efi page on Cryptomeria japonica

I think yes


Tree for ID: 2 images.
I am new to the group, and not sure about the etiquette for posting. Please let me know if there are some rules for interactions.

How do I go about getting somebody to look into it?
2 images.

Can you show the habit of the plant?
Was it a tree?

Pl. check with Cryptomeria japonica
To me appears closer.

It was in a pot in a home garden. About 3 feet tall.
Cryptomeria japonica seems to be correct.



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