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Cristata Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata'

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Cristata Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata') at Plumline Nursery

Cristata Japanese Cedar

Cristata Japanese Cedar

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Cockscomb Japanese Cedar

Description:

A narrow pyramid shaped evergreen tree with sprays of green foliage that are fused and curved resembling cockscombs; an ideal selection for accent or articulation in the landscape

Ornamental Features

Cristata Japanese Cedar has attractive green foliage. The recurved scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The peeling indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Cristata Japanese Cedar is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cristata Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Cristata Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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