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Radicans Japanese Cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Radicans'
Radicans Japanese Cedar foliage
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Height: 30 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
A narrowly pyramidal, fast growing evergreen tree with attractive blue-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
Radicans Japanese Cedar has attractive bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-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.
Radicans Japanese Cedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen tree 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 tree. 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.
Radicans Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
- Mass Planting
Planting & Growing
Radicans Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 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 tree 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.