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Cryptomeria japonica Vilmoriniana


Japanese Cedar

Dense round dwarf form with green foliage

A versatile small conifer forming a soft fuzzy ball of olive-green leaves becoming reddish-purple in the autumn.


Happy in full sun or partial shade, and is great as a focal point for a rock or gravel garden. It can also be grown in containers.


Happy in any well-drained soil, and able to cope with drought once established. Unhappy in waterlogged soils. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December