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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Purple in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Japanese cedar 'Elegans Compacta'

Family

Cupressaceae


Cryptomeria are large evergreen trees with attractive red-brown bark and dense foliage consisting of short awl-shaped leaves arranged spirally around the branchlets; cones are spherical

'Elegans Compacta' is a bushy, evergreen conifer to 2m, with persistent juvenile foliage; leaves long and soft, turning purple in winter

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows in any moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position. No formal pruning required. Is one of few conifers that will coppice successfully

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free