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Black Dragon Cryptomeria Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

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Black Dragon Cryptomeria Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

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Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

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The Black Dragon Japanese Cedar is a dramatic, upright plant with dark foliage and swirling branches that will rear up in your garden just like the dragon of its name. It grows into a small tree perhaps eventually 10 feet tall and 5 feet across, but it can easily be kept smaller if needed. It brings a touch of drama to any garden, but it is especially useful in Asian-themed gardens, where a little pruning can heighten the exotic nature of this plant even more. Plant it in combination with other Asian plants, like Japanese Maples, for an easy Asian-style garden, or plant it as an unusual and eye-catching specimen in any garden at all. It grows easily in any region with good rainfall and is hardy right into zone 5.

  • Dramatic specimen plant with lots of character
  • Forms a small, upright bush of irregular form
  • Rich green foliage turns almost black in winter
  • Easily trained into an Asian-themed specimen
  • Grown well in any regular soil

Plant your Black Dragon Japanese Cedar in a sunny or lightly-shaded location, in any well-drained soil. Although mature plants will tolerate some drought, this plant does best with regular watering. Unlike other types of Japanese cedar, it will not turn brown in winter, but instead it retains its deep black-green foliage throughout the colder months.

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