Cryptomeria japonica 'CRISTATA'

Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica  'CRISTATA'
crested Japanese cedar
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-6m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2.5m
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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Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperatures sometimes drop to -27°C. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive.

Cristata is a weird looking variety with congested new growths that are flattened into “cockscombs” and divide into individual branches in summer. Their colour is rich, warm green that turns bronzy-brown in winter which is its protective colour.

It grows moderately into a narrow and conical, evergreen tree. Pruning is not recommended. Just to restore untidy specimens cut it back to within 60-90 cm and let it grow again on its own.

It is tolerant of wide range of soils but thrives in deep, fertile, moist soil. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 28-01-2008
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  • 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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