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Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica

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Zones 4-9, 14-24, 32-34, 39
Full Sun
Regular Water

Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans'

Plume Cryptomeria, Plume Cedar
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees


From Japan. Graceful conifer, fast growing (3 to 4 ft. a year) in youth. Eventually makes a skyline tree to 100 ft. tall, 30 ft. wide at base. Straight columnar trunk; thin red brown bark peels off in strips. Foliage soft bright green to bluish green in growing season, brownish purple in cold weather. Slightly pendulous branches are clothed in 1/2 to 1-in.-long, needlelike leaves. Roundish, red-brown cones are 3/4 to 1 in. wide. These trees are sometimes used in closely planted groves for a Japanese garden effect. Resistant to oak root fungus.


This tree is quite unlike species. Feathery, grayish green foliage turns rich coppery red or purplish in winter. Grows slowly into a dense pyramid 20 to 60 ft. tall, about 20 ft. wide. Trunks may lean or curve. For effective display, needs to be given room.

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