Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata'
Common name: Cristate Japanese cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' is a medium-sized evergreen tree with a conical habit. It is an odd-looking variety with new growth that is flattened into cockscomb-shaped fasciations. A fasciation is a genetic mutation of a plant's growing tip.
C. japonica 'Cristata' has warm green foliage which may turn bronzy in winter. Like its relatives, it has dark brown bark that peels off in vertical strips. This cultivar is of unknown origin, but is thought to have originated in Yokohama, Japan in the early 1900s.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' is located in Bed 38B near the Shaughnessy Restaurant. It was planted in the garden in 1972.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe