A medium or tall evergreen tree sometimes grown in forestry plots, especially in Wales, but more widely found in parks and large gardens, though seldom in towns. It grows best in W. Britain but rarely regenerates from seed. Lowland.
C. japonica was introduced to Britain from China in 1842 and from Japan in 1846. It has been cultivated over a long period in Japan and many cultivars are available, mainly dwarfs with permanently juvenile foliage. It is these cultivars that have found favour in gardens, but the type tree is sometimes included in conifer collections. The species was recorded from the wild in 1965.
Native of E. Asia (China, Japan).
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
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