Cryptomeria japonica - Yellow Twig / Size 1
Yellow Twig Cryptomeria / Japanese Cedar

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Product Code: CRYYTW1

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yellow Twig'

Overall Description

Yellow Twig Cryptomeria ( Japanese Cedar ) is a small to mid sized tree form of Cryptomeria that is overall upright in form, although has a fair bit of irregularity to it's shape. A slow to moderate grower, this variety will top out at around 6 feet, with the average being about 4 feet tall after a period of 10 yrs or so.

Foliage is a nice green color, with new foliage having a somewhat frosted appearance with a rich golden yellow color. Foliage will lose this frosted golden color as it matures, but is very attractive while it is displayed. Foliage & branching can start out a bit sparse when very young, but fills in nicely with age, which makes it a good choice for a smaller / shorter privacy areas, and even as a hedge. Can be trimmed / sheared to maintain in a particular shape or height if desired for hedge type use.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 5 - 6 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 5 ft

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended. Can be container / patio specimen. but does better when planted in the ground.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - Nice green colored foliage is typical of most Cryptomeria cultivars - very thick & pliable.....almost "rubbery". Heavy texture with golden yellow coloration visible on new growth, maturing to green with age..

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - 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.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 3 1/2 ft apart recommended for hedge or mass plantings

--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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