Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Group

plumose Japanese cedar

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Outstanding Qualities

Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Group is a selection with juvenile foliage, which is more needle-like and softer, hence the common name plume cedar. The foliage is green in summer and with the onset of cold weather turns a mahogany plum in the late autumn and winter. It is the perfect backdrop to witchhazels, and red and yellow stemmed cornus. As a young plant is excellent in containers, particularly larger containers planted for winter. The soft texture combines well with other conifers that might be more stiff in appearance also good with Japanese maples. This cultivar was introduced from Japan in the mid 1800s.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

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

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: evergreen autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, bronze, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This elegant 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 occasional watering. It needs very little pruning. If more than one main growing stem forms, prune out the weaker stem to maintain the most graceful form.