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Cryptomeria japonica | Cryptomeria

STRENGTHS
Evergreen. Fantastical needles and branchlets that resemble exploding spiral fireworks. Green fills the entire body of the tree. Any size and shape available, many with bright chartreuse colors. One of the rare evergreens to grow happily in shade. Sacred in Japanese gardens appearing at many shrines.

CARE
Little or no maintenance required, pollution sensitive. Keep soil moist, suffers in dry periods, likes humidity.

PRUNING
The compact habit can necessitate pruning of new growth, entangled branches and overlapping shoots. This provides space for light and air to reach the desired foliage, and reduces the liklihood of fungus and insect problems. Pinch back new growth, as clipping with scissors results in browning tips. The plant tends to thicken at intersections between trunk and branches, so unwanted upper branches should be removed promptly to avoid loss of trunk taper. The Cryptomeria is most often styled as a formal upright, or forest planting. Cryptomeria should be pruned mid-spring through the end of summer. Do not work on Cryptomeria during winter.
NOTES
Some people have pollen allergies to these.

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Yoshino’ popular and available blue green form that bronzes in cold weather, handsome 40’ tall

Kim Tripp’s top 10: ‘Ben Franklin’ 40’, ‘Black Dragon’ compact, ‘Elegans’ feathery bush, ‘Elegans Aurea’, ‘Elegans Nana’, ‘Globosa Nana’ neat 3’, ‘Grasilis’, ‘Lobbii’ columnar/pyramidal, ‘Sekkan-sugi’ yellow-gr 20’, ‘Yellow Twig’

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 5 – 8 | prefers full sun but takes some shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 50’ to 60’ / 20’ to 30’
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Soft pyramidal, erect, wide spreading branches with many excited branchlets, graceful
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. Needles persisting 4 – 5 years, short awl shaped, rubbary
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. Short spiraling, slightly twisting
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | light to bluish green

FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
BARK | beautiful reddish brown peeling off in long strips
CONES | terminal, globular, ½”, drk brown

NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL Prefers fertile well-drained
Eastern North America, down to GA
It is also often used in sakei.

www.conifers.org/Criptomeria japonica

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japanese cedar

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light green folliage above compliments the Arborvitae and Ilex opaca in this planting, nice!

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above planted in a woodland style garden

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