Cryptomeria Japonica

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Cryptomeria Japonica (Japanese Cedar)

Japanese Cedar

This plant tolerates drought and will grow in very dry soil. Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay. The pH preference is an acidic to slightly alkaline (less than 6.8 to 7.7) soil. This is one of the nicest cultivars with medium green foliage that appears to be disease resistant. Provide a well-drained acid soil and protection from winter winds in the north. Locate the tree so air circulation is good, particularly during summer to help prevent leaf blight. Best with afternoon shade in southern part of its range. This cultivar holds green color well. Little pruning is needed to develop into the form shown in the photograph. This cultivar was developed to hold green foliage color well into the winter. Cryptomeria is tolerant of compacted soil and performs well in parking lots and other tough, urban sites with some irrigation in drought. It makes a wonderful accent, screen, or border tree for larger properties. It may grow too large for most residential landscapes. They can be planted as street trees 10 feet back from the street in residential areas to provide an elegant flavor to the neighborhood. Maintain adequate mulch area and be sure to clear all turf away from beneath the branches and mulch to the drip line (the edge of the branches), especially on young trees, to reduce competition with turf and weeds. This will allow roots to become well established and keep plants healthier. Locate the tree properly, taking into account the ultimate size, since the tree looks best if it is not pruned to control size. The tree can enhance any landscape with its delightful spring flush of foliage. It can be the centerpiece of your landscape if properly located.

30-40 Feet


20-30 Feet


Bloom Color

'Radicans' 30'-40'T 20-30W
'Yoshino' 30'-40'T 20'-30'W

USDA Hardiness Zone 6A to 9A

Characteristics & Attributes

Growth Rate
Soil Moisture Needs
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