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Black Dragon Cryptomeria

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Our Price : $14.95

Product Code: CRYBKD2

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

Overall Description

A very unusual looking Cryptomeria with a pyramidal shape, and compact, dark green ( almost black ) needles. New growth is a brighter green, darkening more & more with maturity. Very stiff, almost rigid feel when touched. Great little specimen tree that is sure to draw interest from everyone. Growth rate is slightly on the slower side, but this variety really doesn't reach a very large size at maturity........so a slightly slower growth rate is to be expected.

This Japanese Cedar variety is probably one of our favorites here at the nursery - just a really cool looking Cryptomeria specimen. Uses include being a great choice for an interesting accent plant, and also makes a really interesting bonsai subject for those who want to "experiment" with something a little out of the ordinary.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 8 - 12 ft ( 8 - 10 ft is more the average in most landscapes )

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, will accept partial shade as well

--Soil Preference :
Average to acidic, fertile & well drained

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - Needle like foliage is very stiff, rigid, and very dark green. Has a heavy, almost "rubbery" texture. Branches are thick, pliable, and very densely arranged.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - small inconspicuous male cones noted on this variety. Not what one normally thinks of when the word "cone" is mentioned. These male type cones are very small, soft, and located is clusters on the ends of various branches. They turn a light creamy yellow color just before releasing pollen, then mature into a brown color before falling off branches.

--Diseases / Insects :
Two types of Fungi - Pestalotia sp. and Phyllosticta sp. - have been occasionally discovered on browned off branches in several areas of the Southeast. Hard to say for sure if these fungi were the cause of the browning, or appeared after branch dieback had occurred. No other major pest / disease problems have been reported.

--Recommended Spacing :
No particular spacing recommendations for this variety - depends on intended use.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas for use with all of our evergreen species. However, either water soluble (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.

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