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Cryptomeria Black Dragon

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Also known as Japanese Cedar, cryptomeria japonica is a tree that prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. They add height and texture to mixed borders and rock gardens. With their blue-green needles and slow to moderate growth rate (they average 10-12" a growing season) they will make an attractive addition to your home garden. Although some varieties grow quite slowly, this tree is worth waiting for, as it is an elegant specimen when fully grown. Certain cryptomeria japonica varieties will also work well as screening trees. Some varieties display a brighter green color unlike that of other evergreens.

When planted in the right environment, Cryptomeria trees, commonly called Japanese cedars, are very easy to grow. While Cryptomeria trees are most often seen planted in straight or curved staggered rows for screen plantings, they also make a nice specimen tree in larger landscapes or a corner plant to frame in tall homes and other structures. Their look makes them a natural fit for Asian-themed and conifer gardens. They can be grown in large containers however will eventually need to be transplanted to the landscape. 

Cryptomeria Black Dragon - Cryptomeria Black Dragon has unique, dark, evergreen foliage and natural layered branches. Cryptomeria Black Dragon will transform your landscape into a botanical garden! The new foliage of Cryptomeria Black Dragon emerges bright green and matures to a deep, dark green that is almost black. At a max height of 8 to 10 feet and spread of 6 to 8 feet, this compact evergreen will fit in just about anywhere! 

Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis'The Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis' foliage is bright green in color, somewhat like the skin of a Granny Smith Apple, this cultivar of the native Japanese cedar is slow-growing and is a semi-dwarf at 6 to 8 feet in 10 years. The habit is generally mounding when in it's younger years but can be variable and eventually is more upright as it matures.

Soil Preferences

Cryptomeria will grow in most any average, well-drained garden soil. They prefer a fertile, acidic, consistently moist but well-drained soil. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy soils will cause root rot.

Soil pH

Cryptomeria grow well in an acid to neutral soil ranging in pH from 5.0 to 7.0. Most average garden soils fall between a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.

How To Plant A Cryptomeria Tree

Start by digging your planting hole at least two to three times as wide and as deep or not much deeper than the root ball of your plant. The wider the hole the better. Place native soil removed from planting hole around the perimeter of the hole, in a wheelbarrow, or on a tarp.

Depending on the type, fertility, and porosity of the soil in the planting area, it might be beneficial to mix in some compost or a soil amendment to the native soil removed from the planting hole. When planting in heavy clay or other compacted soils it is beneficial to thoroughly mix in a good soil conditioner, planting mix, sand or other organic matter at a 50/50 ratio with the soil removed from the planting hole to enhance porosity and ensure good drainage. When planting in very sandy or quick-draining soil, it's beneficial to mix in some topsoil, organic compost, or peat moss to the native soil to help retain moisture. When planting in fertile, loamy, moist but well-drained soil there may not be a need to amend soil.

To remove your Cryptomeria tree from the container it was growing in, firmly grasp the base of the tree and try to gently lift and remove it from the container. If the root ball is stuck in the container place the plant on it's side and gently tap or push down on the side of the container to loosen the root ball. If that doesn't work, use snips to cut the container away. After having removed the plant from the container, carefully loosen some feeder roots around the surface of the root ball. If your plant is root bound, you can spray the sides and bottom of the root ball with a stream of water from a garden hose. This will help to wash away some soil from the exterior of the root ball making it easier to loosen roots.

Applying Espoma Bio~tone Starter Plus Starter Plant Food into the planting hole will reduce transplant shock and promote greener, more vigorous plants.

Place your Cryptomeria in the planting hole so that the top edge of the root ball is at or slightly above ground level. It may be necessary to place some of your soil mixtures in the bottom of the hole to achieve the proper planting height. 

After setting your Cryptomeria in the planting hole, use one hand to hold the plant straight and your other hand to begin back-filling your soil mixture around the root ball, tamping as you go to remove air pockets. When you have filled the hole to the halfway point you can soak the soil. Then continue back-filling to the top edge of the root ball. To avoid suffocating your plant, avoid placing any soil on top of the root ball. Next, deeply water the planting area, including the root ball, to a depth equal to the height of the root ball.

Apply a 1 to 2" layer of cured, shredded or chipped wood mulch or bark, or a 3- 4" layer of pine straw, around your newly planted Cryptomeria. Avoid placing or piling mulch directly against the base of the shrub as this could cause the bark to rot.

How To Feed A Cryptomeria Tree

Cryptomeria is a moderate feeder that will benefit from fertilization. We fertilize my Cryptomeria trees in late winter or very early spring before new growth begins to emerge. If trees look like they could use another feeding I do so again in late spring or early summer. Cease fertilization of Cryptomeria two months prior to the average first-frost state in your area. 

What type of fertilizer?

Cryptomeria will benefit from slow-release fertilizers. Feeding your Cryptomeria this way will ensure that its nutritional needs are being met over time. We prefer that you feed some plants with an extended-release fertilizer as it will save you time.

When feeding Cryptomeria, I use a slow-release shrub and tree fertilizer at rates recommended on the product label. Alternatively, you can feed with mild, organic plant food. 

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