Japanese Cedar Tree Facts – How To Care For Japanese Cedar
The following are some facts about Japanese Cedar Tree:
Japanese Cedar Trees have been used for centuries in Japan. They were called “carpenter’s wood” because they could be used to make furniture. The first wooden buildings were made from them, but nowadays most of the cedars are no longer used for building purposes.
There are many types of Japanese Cedar trees. There are those with red or yellow leaves, those with white or purple flowers, and even ones that grow only in Japan.
Some of the species have a tendency to produce large cones while others do not. Some have short life spans and die early; some live much longer than their counterparts in other countries and still others are so old that they cannot reproduce at all.
Cedar trees are very drought tolerant and can survive in dry areas. However, they will eventually wither if left alone too long.
The cedars can withstand the heat of summer months well, but when it gets cold they become brittle and break easily. If you want to protect your home from the winter chill, then you need to plant cedar trees in a location where there is plenty of moisture such as near a pond or stream.
The trees can live for many years if planted in the right location. They will eventually become weak, but they will retain their beauty. It is important to have them placed somewhere that they can be admired for their magnificent features.
To make things easier for you, we have listed some of the most important facts you need to know about the Japanese cedars:
The trees are dioecious. This simply means that they don’t produce flowers and fruit at the same time. It is very common for female trees to be unable to produce fruit at all.
A cedar tree has certain prime number of branches, and this makes it easy to split them into pieces of timber that are either square or triangular in shape.
The wood is used in making cabinets and musical instruments such as guitars. It is also commonly used in building temples and shrines in the mountain regions of Japan.
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