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Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning

Cryptomeria is a monotypic genus of conifer. Our Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans” (sugi, 杉) stands in the left side garden compartment. On these photo’s it is shown just after this years pruning. On the left viewed from the waterside and on the right as seen from the front garden that is street side.



The trees need not be too tall, but they should be old, splendid in form, and laden with deep green needles.

In: Sakuteiki. I. The Basics (p. 165) in Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden.



These photo’s show the Cryptomeria before and during this years pruning. We prune our Cryptomeria Japonica for shape. This pruning is part of a long running fukinaoshi treatment and entails pruning for shape and applies to most of our tall trees.

For additional details see the post Larix (Europeaus) decidua, fukinaoshi-pruning.

Related: Fukinaoshi, “to re-do” overgrown trees, Evergreen trees.

3 comments to Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning

  • Hello,

    I have been much inspired by your wonderful web site outlining the design and construction of your fantastic Japanese garden. You have been extremely successful in blending a number of garden archetypes successfully, and creating an exterior space that both matches your house and your lifestyle. When my wife and I began to create our own Japanese garden, I kept checking your site to see how you used particular spaces, and what solutions you came up with for flora and rock work.

    We live in Tokyo, and we have recently built a small cottage in a suburb. Our garden is still in the construction phase, but I invite you to visit my blog. I would very much like to cite your web site in my blog. If you like what you see, I would like to ask for your permission to add a reference to your site in one of the entries. Perhaps in return you could post a reference to my blog.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog,

  • Thanks for your kind words Andrew. I have only looked briefly into your blog an I am already impressed and perhaps a bit jealous about having such an opportunity (but then jealously does not fit the Buddhist tradition).

    I am very selective with additions to my blogroll but yours is one I added with great pleasure and conviction. I very much like what I see, both the blog-layout as well as the garden to be and will start following your brand-new blog.

    Very nice Buddhist bas-relief carvings and statue to!

  • Piet,

    Thank you so much for reviewing my site so quickly. I am very grateful for your feedback as I am new blogging, and I have only exposed my blog to friends and family. Thank you also for kindly adding my site to your blogroll. I began an entry today that I will continue to work on over time. It lists the resources I have found most useful under the categories Books, Web Sites, and Gardens. It is, as I said, still in construction, but I have added your site to the growing list.

    I’ve been interested in Japanese gardens ever since I first came out to Japan in the mid nineties. At that time, I began gathering information on Japanese gardening terms, a hobby that blossomed into an obsession after I returned to Canada. I now have the near-complete manuscript for a handbook on Japanese gardens, although I have had no luck finding a publisher. Your site, and others like it, convinced me that the Internet may offer a more immediate means of publishing my work, and it was with this in mind that I began my blog. In the near future, I will begin posting my book in PDF files a chapter at a time.

    I did not think that I would return to Japan to live permanently, and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to build – or should I say, hire others to build – a Japanese garden of my own. I always imagined that I would have to build a Japanese-like garden on Vancouver Island. I am truly lucky, I know. But, I envy you because you designed and built your own garden yourself, and you did it without access to many of the authentic materials and plants. That is a real accomplishment, fully worthy of respect.

    I am sorry that I used your entry on Cryptomeria japonica to make contact with you, but I simply scrolled down the first entry page I found. Thank you once again for taking the time to visit my blog.