Japanese Red Cedar
The Japanese Red Cedar or
- Family: Cupressaceae
- Origin: Japan
- Common Name: The
Japanese Red Cedar or Japanese Arbor-vitae
- Mature Height: 20m.
introduced in 1860 by the Scottish collector Robert Fortune to Standish
Nurseries in Bagshot, hence its specific name. It belongs to the
Cupressaceae. It is still rare in cultivation. Thuya standishii is a
small to medium size tree with a broad crown with the upright terminal
shoots nodding at the tips. The foliage is scale-like in flat sprays
and is greenish-yellow and has a citronella or lemon-verbena scent. The
shaggy bark is a rich red colour. In 1975 the original tree was 67'
tall in Linton Park in Kent. In Japan it is used for its durable,
easily worked, scented wood.