The foliage is tipped creamy yellow and is most intense when growth is new in spring and early summer. It is a visually dominant tree in the landscape because the foliage colour is so intense and shines like a beacon if planted against a medium or dark green backdrop. Plant with grey needled conifers like Chamaecycaris pisifera 'Boulevard', or Cupressus arizonica, the lighter blue needled conifers temper the shining gold of 'Sekkan-sugi'. For contrast plant in combination with purple or burgundy foliage plants. Grows 10' x 4' in 10 years.