JAPANESE CRYPTOMERIA

FAMILY: Cupressaceae | GENUS: CRYPTOMERIA japonica

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Graceful conifer, fast growing (34 feet a year) in youth. Eventually skyline tree to 100 feet tall, 30 feet wide at base, with straight, colum- nar trunk, thin red-brown bark peeling in strips. Slightly pendu- lous branches are clothed with needlelike leaves 121 inches long; foliage is soft bright green to bluish green during the growing season, brownish purple in cold weather. Roundish, red-brown cones 341 inches wide. Trees are sometimes planted in groves for Japanese garden effect; they also make a good tall screen. For holiday decorations they are soft and do not shed. Good substitute for Leyland Cypress. Not browsed by deer.

Benjamin Franklin

  • Foliage stays green even with exposure to cold or wind.
  • Salt tolerant.

Black Dragon

  • New spring growth is light green; mature foliage is blackish green.
  • Grows only about 5 feet high and 7 feet wide in 10 years.

Chapel Hill

  • Raindrop-shaped tree 5-10 feet high and 4-8 feet wide.
  • Upswept branches with blue-green foliage year-round.
  • Coneless.

plume cedar, plume cryptomeria

Elegans

  • Quite unlike species.
  • Feathery, grayish green, soft-textured foliage turns rich coppery red or purplish in winter.
  • Grows slowly into dense pyramid to 2060 feet tall, about 20 feet wide.
  • Trunks on old trees may lean or curve.
  • For effective display, give it space.

Globosa Nana

  • Dwarf selection with very slow, upright growth to 4 feet high and wide.
  • Dark green foliage.
  • Boxwood substitute.

Kitayama

  • Narrow, upright, (to 1518 feet tall and 810 feet wide), more compact form and better winter color make this an improvement over 'Yoshino'.

Pygmaea

  • ('Nana').
  • DWARF CRYPTOMERIA.
  • Bushy dwarf 12 feet high, 2 feet wide.
  • Dark green leaves, twisted branches.

Vilmoriniana

  • Slow-growing dwarf to 12 feet high and wide.
  • Fluffy, gray-green foliage turns bronze in late fall and winter.
  • Rock garden or container plant.

Yoshino

  • Resembles the species but is smaller (to 3040 feet tall and 20 feet wide), with bluish green foliage that takes on reddish tones in winter.

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