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Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Gyokuryu'

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Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Gyokuryu') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A spreading, pyramid shaped evergreen tree with dark green foliage that is consistent throughout the year, ideally suited as an accent, or planted in groups for interest; water on a regular basis until established

Ornamental Features

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar has attractive dark green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The peeling indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting

Planting & Growing

Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Massing 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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