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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)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

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

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 'Elegans Compacta' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans Compacta')

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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