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Cryptomeria japonica First Editions® Chapel View™ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Cryptomeria japonica First Editions® Chapel View™ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’

Plume Cryptomeria, Plume Cedar
Taxodiaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

CRYPTOMERIA

From Japan. Graceful conifer, fast growing (3–4 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 is soft bright green to bluish green in growing season, brownish purple in cold weather. Slightly pendulous branches are clothed in 1/2–1-in.-long, needlelike leaves. Roundish, red-brown cones are 3/4–1 in. wide. These trees are sometimes used in closely planted groves for a Japanese garden effect. Resistant to oak root fungus.

‘Elegans’

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

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