Japanese cedar

Cryptomeria japonica

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Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
krip-toe-MARE-ee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah
Genus:  Cryptomeria
This is a coniferous evergreen with year-round interest and a graceful shape. Young foliage emerges a pale shade of yellow in a herringbone pattern in the spring and is a striking contrast to the deeper green of the older needles by summer. Crinkled brown cones dangle daintily on the ends of the branches in autumn, followed by new developing cones gleaming like little lanterns through the winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Outstanding mid- to deep green foliage and conical or columnar form that vary by cultivar. Larger cultivars can be used as specimens or for screening. Dwarf cultivars are effective accents in rock gardens or conifer collections. Cryptomerias will coppice successfully.
Care:  Grow in deep, slightly acidic soil in a sunny location. Protect from high winds. Water regularly in spring and give it a deep soaking once a week in the summer months.
Propagation:  Root ripewood cuttings in late summer or early autumn.
Problems:  Needle necrosis, branch dieback, and root rot may occur on young plants. Nematodes can cause stunting.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Seed Heads
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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