Also called Plume Japanese Cedar, this plant has dense, soft, featherlike foliage - especially on the new growth. It is a nice bright green ( just a slight bluish hint ) which turns to mahogany plum in the winter in colder climates. Can be used as a screen when planted closely together ( 4 - 6 ft ). Easy to grow - average moisture, and does best in slightly acidic soil. Very nice Cryptomeria variety that works well in spots where a medium sized tree specimen is needed, and a soft, delicate, ornamental look is desired.
We have noticed little, if any, winter discoloration / bronzing here at our nursery ( East TN ). But if planted in very cold climates, and in exposed locations to severe wintry weather, some discoloration / bronzing can be expected.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 15 - 20 ft ( few specimens up to 25 ft or so, but rare )
--Mature Width: 8 - 10 ft
--Growth Rate: Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 6 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
--Soil Preference: Average to acidic, fertile & well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - fine textured foliage is more elongated than most Cryptomeria cultivars with a feathery appearance, and is slightly curved / pendulous at the tips. Color is a very bright medium green, turning a slight bronze color during winter in colder climates, or in areas of high winter weather exposure.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Cones
- Globular cones are seen on trees as they mature. Cones are approx 3/4 " in diameter, and start out as a solid bright green ripening to a mahogany brown in fall.
--Diseases / Insects: Leaf spot or blight has been observed in some areas of the deep southeast, and tip dieback has occurred as a result of two fungi ( Pestalotia sp. and Phyllosticta sp. ). These problems are EXTREMELY rare, and have mainly been reported on a few field or container grown specimens in overcrowded conditions.
--Recommended Spacing: 5 - 6 ft apart for a solid privacy screen or solid border planting. Other wise, no particular spacing is recommended.
--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.