Japanese Red Cedar

The Japanese Red Cedar or Japanese Arbor-vitae, was 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.