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Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon' - Size 2
Black Dragon Cryptomeria

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*Average Plant Shipping Size: 14" - 18" tall / Quart size rootball

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Our Price: $16.95

Product Code: CRYBKD2

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

Overall Description

A very unusual looking Cryptomeria with an upright, slightly 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 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.

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