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Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' (Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Bandai-sugi' _ 'Bandai-sugi' is a slow-growing, mid-sized, evergreen coniferous tree with an irregularly rounded habit. Its very dense, needle-like, foliage is dark-green turning bronze in winter.


Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' is: Evergreen

Tree shape

Irregular, Rounded, Small

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn; Dark-green, Bronze in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning necessary. One of the few conifers that responds well to coppicing. Cut back untidy specimens to within 60-90cm of ground level in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' (Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Grows best in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny or partially shaded site. Will tolerate most well-drained soils, including chalk.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Bandai-sugi' _ 'Bandai-sugi' is a slow-growing, mid-sized, evergreen coniferous tree with an irregularly rounded habit. Its very dense, needle-like, foliage is dark-green turning bronze in winter.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Tree shape

Irregular, Rounded, Small

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn; Dark-green, Bronze in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning necessary. One of the few conifers that responds well to coppicing. Cut back untidy specimens to within 60-90cm of ground level in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' (Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi') will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Grows best in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny or partially shaded site. Will tolerate most well-drained soils, including chalk.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' (Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi')

Common pest name

Cypress twig; borer

Scientific pest name

Argyresthia cupressella

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Has spread following introduction; little evidence of significant damage. Stakeholder groups may wish to monitor.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai-sugi' (Japanese cedar 'Bandai-sugi')

Common pest name

Stubby-root nematode

Scientific pest name

Trichodorus cedarus

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous nematode pest from Asia; occasionally intercepted by the UK. Causes direct feeding damage on plant roots and has the potential to vector viruses.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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