Cryptomeria japonica 'ELEGANS VIRIDIS'

Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica 'ELEGANS VIRIDIS'
Japanese cedar
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-6m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperature dropped to -27°C a couple of times. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. This variety has one more plus as opposed to other cryptomerias – it does not change its colour to coppery brown in winter and remains green all year round.

Elegans Viridis is the name confirming that this Japanese cedar is green at all times. It is also quite different from other cryptomerias due to its foliage and branches that are soft, long and drooping at the ends. Evergreen needles are longer, not so crowded along the branches making a feathery appearance. Their colour is limey green in spring and dark green for the rest of the year.

It grows slowly or moderately when fully established into a widely pyramidal shape. It is very dense and pruning is not desired as it loses its natural character if pruned or trimmed. Elegans Viridis looks great grown as a specimen shrub or mixed with other compact conifers or acid-loving plants such as Japanese azaleas or rhododendrons.

It grows best in deep, fertile, acid, moist soil. You should never let the soil dry out especially from mid spring to early summer when it develops new branches. Grow it in dappled sun or part shade, or full sun with good mulching. Fully hardy to -23°C in full sun or -27°C in winter shade (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 05-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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