Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu’

dwarf Japanese cedar

  • © Iseli Nursery, Randall C. Smith

Outstanding Qualities

This dwarf and compact Japanese cedar has an interesting short tufted growth pattern forming an irregular pyramidal shape. The tight congested branching has a sculptural quality that comes naturally with little pruning. The branches are dark green and can take on a blush of bronze during the winter if grown in full sun. It is perfect for containers and planting where space is limited.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular or occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen foliage which is bright green in spring and can take on a bronzy tone in winter if grown in full sun

Resistant to: aphids, rabbits, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, pink, purple, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This dwarf Japanese cedar thrives in full sun to dappled shade. It prefers a site with well-drained soil, but it will tolerate sandy or clay soils. During dry weather provide regular to occasional watering. It needs very little pruning.