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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans Compacta')

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 'Elegans Compacta'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Elegans Compacta'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Elegans Compacta' _ 'Elegans Compacta' is an evergreen conifer long and soft leaves turning purple in winter.


Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' is: Evergreen

Tree shape

Broadly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Purple in Winter; Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed. One of few conifers that will coppice successfully.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil in a sheltered spot.

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)

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Botanical name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Elegans Compacta'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Elegans Compacta' _ 'Elegans Compacta' is an evergreen conifer long and soft leaves turning purple in winter.

Foliage

Evergreen

Tree shape

Broadly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Purple in Winter; Grey-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed. One of few conifers that will coppice successfully.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil in a sheltered spot.

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)

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