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Sawara Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera

This cypress is native to Japan and has been planted as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens in the United States. This slow-growing conifer can reach heights of 35-50 m and has distinctive, much reduced, scale-like leaves with pointed tips. In Japan, its lemon-scented wood is used to construct temples, palaces, shrines, and baths.

Habitat:Planted as an ornamental, growing in full sun to part shade.
Growth Habit:Evergreen tree, growing 15-21 m tall or higher.
Presence in US:DC MA MD NY PA VA
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