Thujopsis dolabrata

tree of the family Cupressaceae (incense-cedar, Cypress, Juniper, Libocedrus, Arborvitae)

Conifer with persistent foliage.
Etymology: dolabrata, in knife blade, because of flat scales.
Origin: Japan.
Habitat: wetlands. Sunny position.
Hardiness: zone 6 (it supports cold until -23 °C or -9 °F).
Height: 20 m tall.
Shape: conical, sometimes in several trunks and branches spread in upright end.
Bark: fibrous gray to reddish brown, peeling off in strips revealing orange underneath.
Leaves in scales from 4 to 6 mm flattened. They resemble those of the arborvitaes, but distinguish themselves by stomatas waxen, white, of a nice effect, on underside.
Flowers on the stems of the previous year, at the beginning of the spring; female green bluish, male cones green blackish of 0,2 cm.
Fruits: cones in 6 or 8 woody scales, with an upright thorn, turning of the bluish green to the bluish reddish-brown; 5 cm.
Use: Thuyopsis is planted in Europe as ornamental tree.


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