Cryptomeria japonica - Japanese Red Cedar
Japanese Red Cedar is a large evergreen tree with green, dense foliage that turns bronze in Winter. It has a pyramid shape when young but the crown opens as the trees grows older.
Introduced into Britain in 1879, the Japanese red cedar has demonstrated its ability to produce a yield that is comparable to other commonly used conifers in the UK such as Douglas Fir & Western red cedar. It’s expansion into UK is likely to be in areas with a warm, moist maritime climate such as W. Scotland, Wales and SW England.
There is limited experience of processing the timber in the UK but in its native range it is highly regarded as a major construction timber and is also often used in exterior, ground contact applications as the timber has good natural durability.
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