Japanese Red Cedar on High Close tree trail

Japanese Red Cedar

Part of the cypress family Cupressaceae, and as the name suggests this tree species is indigenous to Japan where it is known as sugi.

Latin name

Cryptomeria japonica

Facts about the Japanese Red Cedar

Sugi is the national tree of Japan, often found planted around temples and shrines. The tree can grow to an impressive 70m height and provides shade to ornamental gardens and their visitors.  Around 400 years ago a grand avenue of sugi trees was planted in Japan, it still stands today and consists of a mere 13,000 trees along a 35km stretch.