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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Group'

Japanese cedar

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (90183)

Plant details

Valued for its dense solid foliage and rich colouring, this form of the Japanese cedar forms a conical shape that is naturally slow growing and compact, but eventually a medium-size tree. It makes a good architectural shape to team with craggier conifer shapes in a classic heather and conifer garden, but also looks good as a feature in a border. Of all conifers, cryptomerias must have soil that stays moist - they go brown quickly in dry conditions and browned growth is not replaced.

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Cryptomeria

Species: japonica

Cultivar: Elegans Group

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 175cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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