Cryptomeria japonica ‘Chapel View’
('Chapel View', Japanese Cedar)
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Chapel View is a beautiful, restrained, raindrop shaped, blue-green needle evergreen shrub discovered by Paul Jones, Horticulturist, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, N.C. Paul noticed a witches’ broom (abnormal compact growth) about 60 feet high in a typical Cryptomeria japonica (see photo). He climbed the tree on two occasions to retrieve cuttings (propagation material). Two, 7 foot by 5 foot plants, sited in the Asiatic area of the Gardens are densely branched and foliaged from the base, forming a broad raindrop shaped outline.
The blue-green needle color persists year-round whereas many Cryptomeria japonica cultivars develop bronze to reddish brown coloration in cold weather. The persistent, unsightly, brown male cones, common to cultivars like ‘Black Dragon’ (see photo), have not developed on the plants in the Gardens.