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

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
6m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cryptomeria japonica (Elegans Group) 'Elegans'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Elegans', Japanese red cedar 'Elegans', Sugi 'Elegans'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Elegans' _ 'Elegans' is an upright, conical, evergreen, coniferous tree with dense, spirally-arranged, awl-like, blue-green leave turning reddish-brown in winter.


Cryptomeria japonica (Elegans Group) 'Elegans' is: Evergreen

Habit

Upright, Conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed brown, Flushed red in Winter; Blue-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed. Unlike most conifers, will tolerate coppicing.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cryptomeria japonica (Elegans Group) 'Elegans' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans') will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Foliage only, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Needs a sheltered site.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but 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

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Botanical name

Cryptomeria japonica (Elegans Group) 'Elegans'

Other names

Japanese cedar 'Elegans', Japanese red cedar 'Elegans', Sugi 'Elegans'

Genus

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria

Variety or Cultivar

'Elegans' _ 'Elegans' is an upright, conical, evergreen, coniferous tree with dense, spirally-arranged, awl-like, blue-green leave turning reddish-brown in winter.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Upright, Conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed brown, Flushed red in Winter; Blue-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed. Unlike most conifers, will tolerate coppicing.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cryptomeria japonica (Elegans Group) 'Elegans' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans') will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Foliage only, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Needs a sheltered site.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but 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 (Elegans Group) 'Elegans' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans')

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 Group) 'Elegans' (Japanese cedar 'Elegans')

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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