dome shaped foliage consisting of very bright green needle-like sprays
which tend to gracefully bow over as this plant matures. Has almost a
droopy, "weeping" look - yet is very dense & compact in growth, and
has a rather stiff, rigid feel despite this drooping type look. Truly an
interesting plant. Works good as foundation plantings, or when planted
in groups of 3 or 4. Very minimal bronzing in winter when compared to
other Cryptomeria cultivars.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 4 - 6 ft
Mature Width: 5 - 6 ft.
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"-8" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 5-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended
Foliage Color & Texture: Nice green colored foliage is typical of most Cryptomeria cultivars - very thick & pliable.....almost "rubbery". Heavy texture with good color retention in the winter months.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Cones
are perfectly round - approx 5/8" - 3/4" and have same color as the foliage until ripe. Unripe cones are covered with small bristle like growth until ripe. Once ripened, cones turn a coppery brown color and "open" or separate into several ( 8-10 ) portions, unveiling the small seeds contained within. Older expired cones will oftentimes remain attached to the tree for a year or more before finally falling off.
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.
Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & color, we highly recommend POOPeas Organic Fertilizer & Soil Conditioner.
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.Recommended Spacing: 3 - 3 1/2 ft apart recommended for hedge or mass plantings
Deer Resistance Rating: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 [ 1 - least resistant........10 highly resistant ]