Cryptomeria japonica 'LITTLE CHAMPION'

Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica 'LITTLE CHAMPION'
dwarf Japanese cedar
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES 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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Little Champion is a witche’s broom of another Japanese cedar variety called Gracilis, found in Europe. It is very similar to Globosa Nana variety but has slightly different foliage and shape and grows smaller.

Little Champion is a dense, compact conifer with rounded branches that look like woven rope. The needles are curved, inward-pointing, bright green as they emerge and emerald green in all seasons apart from winter when they turn purplish or bronze. It grows very slowly into a compact, cushion-like bush that is more rounded with age. 10-year-old plants are a little over half a meter tall, and some 70 cm wide.

This compact cedar will grow in almost any well-drained soil, but for best results grow it in fertile, deep, always moist soil. It requires no maintenance, pruning is not necessary but can be trimmed in early spring after all frosts. It is very hardy - it will withstand about -27°C without protection (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 09-02-2012
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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.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • 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.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • 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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