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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 recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Cryptomeria Radicans

Specific Directions for Cryptomeria Radicans
Plant your Cryptomeria Radican in an are that receives full to partial sunlight. For a privacy fence place your Cryptomeria Radicans about five feet apart.

Cryptomeria Radicans will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Your Cryptomeria Radicans will need at least one inch of rain fall per week.

Early every Spring fertilize your Cyrptomeria Radicans with a slow release well balanced fertilizer like formula 10-10-10 or an acidic fertilizer.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

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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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 sayI did not reorder anything else. I (may) order a (small) variety of a holly plant in the future. thanks for asking.
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December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Slow-Growing Trees
After having these trees in the ground for over a year, I can say that they are really hardy (got smashed to the ground under a foot of snow in winter and bounced back and have survived 90+ degree weather with little irrigation this summer). However, I bought these trees because they were advertised as "fast growing" and they've only grown about 6" in 15 months. So if you're looking for privacy trees that will grow quickly, I would select another type. If you're looking for something that will survive with little maintenance, then this is your tree!
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August 11, 2014
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
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December 31, 2012
The 6 Cryptomeria Radicans that I purchased (at a good price) are all healthy and growing. They arrived exactly as promised, very well packed, potted (not bare rooted) and precisely on time. I believe that with proper planting, care and watering, you won't be disappointed with your purchase, but the 1 -2 foot specimens will be closer to 1 foot, though that's ok by me (they'll catch up!) Additionally, I think they are deer resistant- at least my mature Cryptomeria have been spared possibly in favor of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons. This is a classy addition to your landscape and essentially maintenance-free after they are established.
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September 24, 2014
1 year ago
These do not grow in Michigan. They maybe grow 1-3 inches a year if I am lucky.
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December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
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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December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
The height of the trees we ordered were what we expected, but the trees were much scrawnier.... We do hope they grow fast
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December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
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Cryptomeria Radicans
The trees I received were healthy. I watered them immediately and planted them the next day. They have done wonderful and will provide the semi-screen I desire.
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January 18, 2015
9 months ago
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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
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
Are these comments from Nebraskans (what part) or across the U S? What time of the year were these trees planted?
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December 31, 2012
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Can you quote me a price on 6 trees, 6 ft. high?
Mary L on Oct 10, 2014
Best Answer: how much for the 6 foot ones?
Reply · Report · Molly T on Nov 6, 2014
Do the roots grow on the surface and spread or do the bulb, or perhaps more or less straight down? I want to plant them along the side of my home but don't want them to tear up the foundation in a couple years...
James J on Nov 2, 2014
Best Answer: it bulbs
Reply · Report · theboss on Mar 11, 2015
How tall is the 3 gallon cryptomeria ?
stan i on May 1, 2015
Best Answer: I just called company and sales said it was "about the size of a basketball"
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Are these trees deer resistant?
jcwrong on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I had some problems with the deer stripping the branches off during the rutt. They don't seem to have much interest in eating them but did kill the small ones I put in. I now put netting around them in the fall and take it off in the spring. I suspect once they get over 10 feet high the deer will leave them alone and not bother be able to get in close enough to rub against the truck.
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How do I trim this tree?
lois o on Feb 4, 2015
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Which Season is best to plant Cryptomeria Radicans in zone 7?
Aree M on Oct 22, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Las Vegas, Zone 9. I try to plant in the Fall. This allows the plant to establish itself during a time of year when the weather is cool and it has time to develop a root system which will sustain it during the heat of summer the following year. Hope this helps. I planted my cryptomeria in partial shade because of the intensity of the sun here. Hope this helps!
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What is the life expectancy of cryptomeria?
Elizabeth V on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Elizabeth,

I am very pleased with the rapid growth of my tree and the fact that it requires little attention other than watering it once a week or so. However, I do not know its lifespan. With your question I have researched it online, but find no other info other than that at least some varieties of the cryptomeria live 200 -300 years - but they seem to be a giant variety. I assume it will live longer than I will, ( I am 72), and give me much pleasure. Gayle
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What kind of fertilizer to use on Cryptomeria Radicans ? At what frequency?
william k on Oct 4, 2014
Best Answer: They are not fussy--good acid base/ sunshine.
Reply · Report · Alice N on Oct 10, 2014
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can you plant evergreens in the summer?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: I have been successful in planting evergreens in the summer, however you need to make sure that you have prepared the soil properly by adding peat moss to increase the moisture retention of the soil plus proper mulching to reduce the evaporation. The plant will require frequent watering and in order to avoid over watering you will need to check the soil under the mulch. You do not want to water the surface of of the planting the best way is to water drip out of hose in to a slightly raised border around the plant which will also the water to soak down to the roots of the tree. If you have the option It is best to plant evergreen in the early fall or early spring after the last frost. I do recommend plant insurance as it has proven very beneficial in the past. I plated several of these trees in October of 2013 and they now have about 8 to 10 inches of upward growth.
Reply · Report · Paul R on Jun 16, 2014
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Are they ok with coastal fog- burns off mid day?
Janice w on May 31, 2015
Best Answer: I have found cryptomeria radicans most resistant to the problems of moisture, heat, sun, and the combinations thereof than virtually any other evergreen I have tried. I don't think the coastal fog-burns will be a problem at all. If they get enough water, they seem to do fine. Be careful not to burn with too much fertilizer!
Reply · Report · Arvilla A on Jun 8, 2015
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I have wet, soggy soil. Will these grow? It is full sun.
Mary Ann T on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: My research on Cryptomeria indicated they do best in well drained soil. In overly wet soil they are susceptible to root rot. The full sun condition is good but if the soil stays wet you may want to consider something else. I would recommend researching this more on line to get more information and possibly find a similar tree that does not mind wet feet.

Hope this helps.

Spencer Boles
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how much water would this tree absorb in a week?
beryl n on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: This species should get a minimum of an inch of water each week. Monitor the amount of water your Cryptomeria is receiving by placing a dish near the plant as you irrigate and adjust water amounts as necessary.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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We have a rabbit infestation problem in our area. What could we do to protect our Cryptomeria?
Yvette V on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: That really depends on the size of the trees. Ours are about 8 feet and 1 year planted so not huge in diameter yet. We put poultry netting around them to keep the male dog from killing them. You can get the poultry/chicken wire that is green so it blends in...
Reply · Report · Stacy B on Jun 4, 2014
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How does this do in high wind areas vs. the Green Giant Thuja?
Pete N on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: It does fine in high wind.
Reply · Report · Debra I on Jun 12, 2014
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Live in bham Al and need to fill a 70 foot long area. Would you say this over Leland Cyprus? Have a landscaper that says Leland get diseases.. Need tall and fast and thick privacy fence
Tragg on Dec 23, 2014
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Hi. How tall would this tree be when I first get it from you? I don't know what "3 gallon" means. Thanks.
Laura M on May 25, 2015
Best Answer: I have bought cryptomeria radicans twice from this company and like them very much. I do not know for sure the heights but I think I got similar and they were 3 feet above the ground. They need a couple of years to get established and then do great. Hope this helps. Deb K.
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life expectancy of cryptomeria?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: I can't give you an exact number of years. You would have to 'google' it. However, these trees grow very fast and live a long time. We purchased the 5-7 footers a year a go may and they have grown at 2-4 feet. We are very pleased with that since the ground is very 'clay' like and we had a heat wave/drought last summer.
We lost 28 white pine trees that were approx 30 years old. We used these trees for replanting because of the privacy and fast growth rate.
Reply · Report · Stacy B on Sep 23, 2014
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normal shape when top cut?
Philip S on Jul 29, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Philip
I would not recommend top cutting Cryptomeria Radicans. It will leave a hollow top area.
Reply · Report · Lisa BStaff on Jul 30, 2015
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What is the best time of year to plant these trees?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2014
Best Answer: Early fall is great for planting these trees. Also spring. But the summer is OK if you make sure not to let the roots overheat before planting and give them plenty of water for the first few months in the ground. They are hearty trees.
Reply · Report · Debra K on Aug 5, 2014
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Does it survive in wet soils?
Mary Ann T on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: yes
Reply · Report · james f on Jul 7, 2014
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what height for 3 gal. Cryptomeria Radicans? growth per year?
joyce b on May 28, 2015
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I have several large Crypotmeria that were planted alongside Burgundy Loropetalum about 10 years ago. The Loropetalum has become much too large for the space so I recently removed them however I now have the problem of a huge gap underneath where these bushes were which didn't allow for branches to grow on the trees. Do you know if the lower branches of the tree will grow back and if so how long that might take? I am trying to decide if I should wait it out or plant something smaller in underneath them. These trees are beautiful and now very large. Thanks.
Sherry v on May 1, 2015
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I have quite a few walnut trees in my yard. Is Cryptomeria radians juglone tolerant?
Virginia W on May 1, 2015
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are you out of stock?
gary r on Apr 25, 2015
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How close to the house can this tree be planted?
Digna S on Apr 22, 2015
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Planted 18 of these trees last spring in Iowa....zone 5...they are a dark rust color and look dead.....they were intended to be a windbreak and noise barrier....so they endured cold winter winds...can anyone tell me that they had the same issue and their trees came back from this? I'm extremely worried that they are dead.
Kim T on Mar 17, 2015
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Crytomeria Tree can it get Mites or Diseases

Diseases or mites on a Crytomeria Tree?
Patricia D on Mar 5, 2015
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I need a wind break. Will this tree hold up to heat, wind, drought and winter cold in the front range foothills of Colorado?
Ellyn A on Feb 9, 2015
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I am having Thermal Distortion from the house behind me. It is melting my siding, Will these tall Cryptomeria Radicans be able to handle the heat?
Linda D on Dec 23, 2014
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