Cryptomeria japonica 'Pygmaea'
Common name: Dwarf Japanese cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Pygmaea' is a dwarf conifer valued for its interestingly mounded form. It is slow growing, and will usually grow to about 38 centimetres (15 inches) tall at maturity. The one at VanDusen is quite a bit taller. Under ideal growing conditions, it can live for forty years or more. C. japonica 'Pygmaea' likes rich, acidic soil, and does best in full to partial sun.
C. japonica 'Pygmaea' has attractive bluish-green foliage which does not change colour in the winter.
C. japonica 'Pygmaea' can be found in a sheltered location on the north side of the Backyard Bird Garden in Bed 96A. It was planted there in 1996.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe