A very interesting Japanese Cedar cultivar with a very dense, fluffy look to it - yet the foliage is rather stiff & rigid. Displays good green color during the warmer months, but will turn a slight coppery plum color in winter. Very dense foliage with a somewhat flattened, globose growth habit & shape. As this plant matures, it will even develop very stiff "clusters" of foliage throughout the plant - gives it a very curious, interesting look that is sure to draw attention. Works well as a small to medium sized accent planting, or as a dense foreground planting around larger conifers.
Plant Facts & Specifications
-- Mature Height: 3 - 4 feet
-- Mature Width: 3 - 5 feet
-- Growth Rate: Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )
-- Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
-- Soil Preference: Average to acidic, fertile & well drained
-- Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - somewhat needle like, foliage has an almost "rubbery" texture when young......gradually hardening into very stiff, rigid dense clusters of bright green foliage. Mature foliage clusters have an almost bristle-like appearance & feel.
-- Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Cones
- very small male cones are displayed on Monstrosa Nana, very similar to those found on Black Dragon. Young male cones start out as a yellowish color, slowly turning to an orange / copper color, and eventually becoming a very dark brown color.
-- Diseases / Insects: No serious problems have been noted - although several troublesome fungi that initiate a tip dieback ( Pestalotia sp. and Phyllosticta sp. ) have been isolated from dead shoot tips and branches in some areas of the Southeastern US. These problems, as rare as they may be, have all occurred in container and field grown nursery stock.
-- Recommended Spacing: No particular spacing recommendations - will vary, depending upon the exact application & purpose intended.
-- 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.