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A coniferous evergreen tree (Cryptomeria japonica) native to East Asia, having spirally arranged needlelike leaves and cultivated as an ornamental and timber tree. Also called Japanese cedar, sugi.

[New Latin Cryptomeria, genus name : crypto- + Greek meros, part (since the microsporangia are concealed at the base of scales, while the seeds are concealed in a verticil of large scales and subtending bracts); see (s)mer-2.]


(Plants) a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
[C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales]
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Noun1.cryptomeria - Japanese cedarCryptomeria - Japanese cedar; sugi      
gymnosperm genus - a genus of gymnosperms
Cupressaceae, cypress family, family Cupressaceae - cypresses and junipers and many cedars
Cryptomeria japonica, Japan cedar, Japanese cedar, sugi - tall evergreen of Japan and China yielding valuable soft wood
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With respect to species, it is estimated that about 40 percent of Japanese softwood lumber was sugi (Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica); 24 percent was any type of imported spruce, pine, and fir (SPF), including SPF from Canada and European Whitewood (Norway spruce, Picea abies); 10 percent was Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii); 9 percent was hinoki (Japanese cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa); and 8 percent was Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi).
Rachel Sussman's exploration of "Deep Time" was sparked more than a decade ago by a trip to see Jomon Sugi--an 83-foot-tall cryptomeria tree that has been living on a remote Japanese island for at least 2,180 years.
An outbreak of the cryptomeria bark borer, Semanolus japonicus Lacordaire (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), in a young japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica D Don) Plantation.
sugi, Cryptomeria japonica) (12) were part of a national campaign to replace trees "sacrificed" during rebuilding of areas devastated by American firebombing in the final months of World War II.
Texture came from spiky fronds of needle palm--"one of my all-time favorite plants, but hard to find in this area," says Michelle--and dwarf cryptomeria.
If it has already, then because surgery will involve mutilating the hedge by cutting into old wood, which will not regenerate (unless yew, Cryptomeria, Sequoia, Cephalotaxus, Torreya) don't bother.
THE Japanese cedar Cryptomeria Elegans is perfect for making a statement in an Oriental-style garden.
The 500-square-kilometer island south of the prefecture in Kyushu is especially noted for old growth Cryptomeria trees believed to be about 3,000 years old and nearly 20 meters tall.
Repellents in the Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica, against the pill-bug, Armadillidium vulgare.
In contrast to the sapling of Christianity, which Ferreira in Silence characterizes as a species improperly transplanted into an alien ecosystem, the cryptomeria is an indigenous species that long ago succumbed to the lifeless waters of the swamp, leaving only its whitened trunk.