A stunning landscape feature on N. Killingsworth St, I stopped last week to ask about these when I saw the the gardener working at McMenamin’s Chapel Pub.
I guessed Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica, but didn’t know the variety. It’s ‘Elegans aurea.’ Doesn’t it look gorgeous with the darker Ceanothus shrubs and airy texture of Juncus? Under yesterday’s overcast sky the foliage was fairly glowing. He says it gets to be about 20 feet tall, and these looked to me to be around 12 feet. Technically maybe it is a tall shrub and not a tree. Though the cultivars are smaller, the species does get to be 50-60 feet. But these are not the only interesting feature in this landscaped area. I recommend a closer look around the entire grounds. A guided walk would be wonderful.
I’ve never planted a Cryptomeria in my yard although I have admired various cultivars over the years. It might be because I associate it with my father’s very severe pollen allergies. In Japan my father drinks a tea made from flowers collected from this tree as a remedy.