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Taiwania cryptomerioides is often confused with:
Cryptomeria japonica Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Thuja occidentalis Thuja occidentalis
Pinus sylvestris Pinus sylvestris
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis

Taiwania cryptomerioides

Phonetic Spelling
tie-WHAN-ee-a krip-to-me-ree-OI-deez
Description

Taiwania cryptomerioides, or Taiwania, is an evergreen conifer in the cypress family and is related to the California Redwoods. It is native to Taiwan (the origin of its genus name) where it grows to 180 feet in the wild, but much shorter (30 to 40 feet) in cultivation.The juvenile needles resemble Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese red cedar). The tree features a conical to columnar crown, dark gray-brown bark that exfoliates in strips and dimorphic (having two forms) leaves. This tree is rarely found in domestic commercial establishments. Within its range, it is rather winter hardy and can be grown as an ornamental.

Best grown in moist, rich, acidic well-drained soil in full sun, although it does tolerate light shade. Do not allow the soil to dry out and plant in a location protected from winter winds.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or insect pests.

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Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#endangered#tall#exfoliating bark
 
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Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#endangered#tall#exfoliating bark
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taiwania
    Species:
    cryptomerioides
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Canopy tree. The wood is valuable, which has lead to extensive logging and endangerment of the species.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Central China, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Viet Nam
    Dimensions:
    Height: 100 ft. 0 in. - 180 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Conical
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    more than 60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Cones (to 1/2 inch long) do not appear until branches with flattened, scale-like leaves are produced. Cones contain 15 to 30 scales with two seeds per scale.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Does not flower
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Subulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Prickly, blue-green, juvenile leaves are subulate (awl-shaped) to falcate (sickle-shaped) and sharp-pointed, but become scale-like in appearance as the tree matures (dimorphic foliage). Needles are less than an inch long; needle-like or awl-like on young trees up to about 100 years old, then gradually becoming more scale-like.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Accent