Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata’
crested Japanese cedar
This is one of the weirdest evergreen conifers you can grow. It has an attractive columnar form with a full habit. The eye-catching trait is the odd, congested growth of bright green foliage on the tips of many of its branches. These unusual growths are reminiscent of a cluster of cockscombs all glued together! Use it as a specimen, with lots of space around it, and visitors are sure to comment. It looks best with smaller, less eye-catching at its base.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, bronze
Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, variegated
Culture NotesThis unusual Japanese cedar thrives in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a site with well-drained soil, but it will tolerate sandy or clay soils. During dry weather provide occasional watering. It needs very little pruning. Young plants may grow quickly when first planted but within a few years the rate slows. Overly vigorous shoots can be pruned off to maintain its shape.
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Plant Type: columnar conifer
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering