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Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans Cryptomeria in Landscape

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These new cryptomeria evergreens are feathery soft... not pointy like other evergreens. Plant every 3-5 feet for a nice, thick privacy screen.

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Cryptomeria Radicans

Feathery Soft Fast-Growing Evergreen

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Stylish and chic, this unusual exotic cultivar is also known as the Japanese Cedar. It's gaining popularity all across the country. 

Robust in grow zones 5-9 and bred to develop at a fast pace, Radicans grow at an amazing rate of 3-4 feet per year. Maturing to heights of 35-45 feet with an approximate spread of under 20 feet, this tree shows off a graceful and elegant figure--tall, slender and tapering to a point. 

Cryptomeria flaunts densely packed emerald green foliage that is soft and wispy, rather than the typically stiff and spiky flora of many evergreen trees. Plant near a deck or patio and sit back and enjoy the flowing foliage, when it ripples like downy fur in a gentle breeze. You can literally see where the wind starts and stops. 

Don't let the exotic beauty fool you, Cryptomeria Radicans are tough and adapt to a variety of soils and conditions, even hard compact clay. Growing in full sun to partial shade, this ruggedly mellow conifer is also quite drought tolerant once established. It is also disease resistant and practically thrives on neglect. Just plant it and you never have to think about it again. 

These trees make a wonderful backdrop for lower-growing shrubs such as our Ruby Dazzle Crape Myrtle or a grouping of Knock Out Rose bushes. 

Depending on your region, Cryptomeria’s foliage may turn from deep emerald green to a dramatic bronzy green in winter, offering year-round color and texture. 

Your Cryptomeria arrives with a well developed root system, ready for rapid growth. 

Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 30-40 ft.
Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cryptomeria japonica var. sinensis
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
(shaded area above)

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

When Will I Get My Order?

Northern Areas shaded on the below Map are shipped in Spring. You can find your ship date next to Your Growing Zone on the chart below. If this is a Gift, or you want your plants sooner, we’re happy to ship them out right away.

Southern & Western Areas colored White on the Map are generally shipped right away unless the product page gives a specific ship date. If you prefer to plant later in spring when the weather warms up, just let us know and we’ll delay your shipping.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 15th
  Zone 6,7,8,9,10,11 Ships Now

Can I Plant Now?

Yes…Your Cryptomeria Radicans can be planted any time of year… even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. ;

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ ~28% of order

It's Easy to Plant your Cryptomeria Radicans

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cryptomeria Radicans.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cryptomeria Radicans gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cryptomeria Radicans again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Scott
Excellent trees! Planted several in my side yard in a sunny area. Grew two feet the first year and another two feet the next year. Very bushy; very green. Excellent screen between us and our neighbor's yard. Bought six more a few months ago.

By: rachelle williams
The height of the trees we ordered were what we expected, but the trees were much scrawnier.... We do hope they grow fast!

By: les dean
trees arrived in great shape.
there growth has been very slow! one almost died even though i dug a 5ft round hole 3ft deep and mixed compost with my soil.

By: Brian Macdonald
I've had these trees for almost two years. They have flourished and grown about 1 foot per year. I have a lot of deer around my house and they do not eat the trees. Unfortunately, a buck scraped one of the trees clean of bark which eventually killed it.

By: Lou
Product was shipped in a timely fashion and packaged so that the three trees arrived in good condition. I planted them according to the online planting instructions (enhanced the soil as suggested) and this year two of the trees are doing very well. The third is progresssing more slowly (I suspect the rockiness of the surrounding soil is the major issue) but is holding its own. This is the first growing season so I am hopeful that as the trees acclimate they will live up to their fast growing reputation.

By: Michele Victorelli
I like your company, but not extremely happy with my order. When I received my products they were very dry and somewhat shriveled up. I planted them according to your directions, but they still died. I called your company and was informed to return the products, which was not an easy task. The process of packing dead plants was a mess, so I just threw them out. My fault I understand. I was told they could not be replaced without proof of the dead plants,
which I did not keep. So, needless to say
I did not reorder anything else. I (may) order a (small) variety of a holly plant in the future. thanks for asking.

By: Douglas Ensminger
Tree arrived in good condition late October, planted just in time for one of Lexington's most severe winters. Came through well and by mid-August has grown about 4 inches. Hope for continued growth this season and in the future.

By: maria
grows big

By: robert j thomas
Excellent tree

By: Eric Mar
These do not grow in Michigan. They maybe grow 1-3 inches a year if I am lucky.

By: Robin Thomas
I ordered 11 trees and 10 survived. The one that died was due to lack of water and I realized it was not receiving water from my irrigation system in time. Trees are now growing after applying yard service applied fertilizer, and intense watering. Very pretty trees.

By: Brandee
Beautiful, unique trees...2 died out of 6 I planted. Very dry, harsh summer so its to be expected. Love the tree and will replace the 2.

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