Cryptomeria japonica 'Gracilis'
A very unusual, hard to find Japanese Cedar variety that is a very attractive choice for most any landscape where a medium / large sized specimen is desired. Gracilis has a very nice medium green color with very, very little winter discoloration and a nice broadly pyramidal shape as it matures. Has a slightly more open growth habit than many other Cryptomeria cultivars, but with a good branching pattern. This variety is most commonly used as a specimen planting, and works well for any landscape where larger full sized specimens ( 25 ft & larger ) are just too large. Gracilis Cryptomeria is not too big, yet big enough to be a striking focal point in most any area.
Makes a nice effective privacy screen as well when planted about 5 - 6 feet apart. This Cryptomeria variety tends to start out with a much more open growth habit for the first couple years, then quickly fills in with very, very dense branching & bright green foliage. Definitely worth strong consideration if looking for a medium to large sized evergreen with good green color, and excellent hardiness to fill in an empty spot in your landscape.....or create some privacy along a border / fence.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 10 - 15 feet
--Mature Width: 4 - 6 feet
--Growth Rate: Moderate ( 5" - 10" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 6 - 10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly moist & fertile, acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended. Soils with high organic content will result in best color & foliage density.....especially if used in container gardening.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Nice bright medium green needlelike foliage is fairly soft when new, becoming more stiff & dense as it matures. Green color is held year round - little, if any, winter discoloration.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention
--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 specific spacing recommendations, will depend on exact use intended
--Deer Resistance Rating: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 [ 1 - least resistant........10 highly resistant ]
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.