Cryptomeria japonica
  • Cryptomeria japonica
  • Cryptomeria japonica
  • Cryptomeria japonica

Cryptomeria japonica

£17.50

(Japanese Red Cedar) Native to parts of Japan and China, Cryptomeria japonica is an elegant, evergreen tree once established with tiny, awl-shaped leaves.

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Native to parts of Japan and China, Cryptomeria japonica is an elegant, evergreen tree once established with tiny, awl-shaped leaves. These leaves are bright green in the summer, turning bronze-brown through the winter.

The bark of established specimens is very ornamental, reddish-brown and peeling in strips. A handsome garden tree, slender when young best suited to mild parts of the United Kingdom or positions sheltered from cold wind in more exposed areas.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil. Cryptomeria japonica will not grow well in shallow, chalky soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Shelter from cold winds.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Cryptomeria japonica will grow to be a tall slender tree with a pyramidal habit.
    • Height: up to 20 m (65 ft) but usually smaller in the U.K.
    • Spread: 8 m (26 ft).
  • Notes: Cryptomeria japonica is notably wind tolerant but dislikes maritime exposure.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Large (over 50 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Special: Windy & Exposed, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Evergreen, Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems, Honey Fungus Resistant

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