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Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria japonica var. sinensis


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Cryptomeria Radicans Planting Mix

Helps your Cryptomeria Radicans get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30-40 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.


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5 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Cryptomeria japonica var. sinensis

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Feathery Soft Fast-Growing Evergreen

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
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.
January 1, 2013
over 7 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!
August 11, 2014
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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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.
September 24, 2014
over 2 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
over 6 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
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
These do not grow in Michigan. They maybe grow 1-3 inches a year if I am lucky.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans Planting Diretions 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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Planting near a small building I have on the property. Hoping for some shade and a tree that only needs light watering. Evergreens are great for our winters - giving some color in the snowscape.
Jeffrey E on Oct 25, 2016
I am looking for fast growing evergreens, Cryptomeria Radicans seems what I am looking for.
Lyubov R on Oct 14, 2016
Planting near a small building I have on the property. Hoping for some shade and a tree that only needs light watering. Evergreens are great for our winters - giving some color in the snowscape.
Jeffrey E on Oct 25, 2016
Fast growing, hardy tree
jennifer m on Oct 24, 2016
I am looking for fast growing evergreens, Cryptomeria Radicans seems what I am looking for.
Lyubov R on Oct 14, 2016
I wanted a large evergreen to plant close to my deck for privacy and beauty.
Ruth M on Oct 12, 2016
We already have one and we like it very much.
William D on Sep 22, 2016
like the idea of soft needles
cindy m on Sep 16, 2016
Again grew one in California. Unfortunately the extreme dry winds, blistering heat left this plant totally brown and I will not be using them again!
Carol W on Sep 5, 2016
Plan to use a privacy screening, already have some Cryptomeria and the deer will leave them alone, and they are low maintenance!
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
I didn't get this tree on this purchase. We got 10 of the smallest ones in a previous purchase for along a fence line. I love their graceful waves in the wind.
Genella T on Jun 15, 2016
We are adding to our Cryptomeria collection! They make great property border plants. Fast growing and hardy.
Terri A on Jun 14, 2016
Fast growing, hardy tree
jennifer m on Oct 24, 2016
I wanted a large evergreen to plant close to my deck for privacy and beauty.
Ruth M on Oct 12, 2016
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
How do I trim this tree?
lois o on Feb 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Cryptomeria grow quickly and can form very dense foliage, so it’s important to prune back any dead or diseased branches at the start of summer and continue to prune regularly through all seasons except winter. Use pruning shears as needed to ensure sunlight reaches the inner branches. You can prune back container grown Cryptomeria by up to a third to promote healthy growth in your decorative pot.
How tall is the 3 gallon cryptomeria ?
stan i on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
Are these trees deer resistant?
jcwrong on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: they are definitely not deer resistant. We have toput screening around them every fall!!!
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
How close should you plant them for privacy and how far from a fence?
Tara K on Aug 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Cryptomeria Radicans can get quite large so it is suggested to plant them 10-15ft apart and the same length from a fence.
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!
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.
can you plant evergreens in the summer?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted my cryptomeria in the fall thinking that may be a better time to plant them. However, they are not doing so well. I think you can plant them in the summer but make sure you water them well.
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
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.
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...
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!
I have quite a few walnut trees in my yard. Is Cryptomeria radians juglone tolerant?
Virginia W on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All the research that we have done, states that it is tolerant.
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.
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.
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.
Do they need to be trimmed? I had it planted a year ago and it is top heavy
Tony D on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Cryptomeria grow quickly and can form very dense foliage, so it’s important to prune back any dead or diseased branches at the start of summer and continue to prune regularly through all seasons except winter. Use pruning shears as needed to ensure sunlight reaches the inner branches. You can prune back container grown Cryptomeria by up to a third to promote healthy growth in your decorative pot.
Do these trees get pine cones or drop their needles?
michelle r on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Cryptomeria have cones about 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter which remain on the tree. They are not "pine" cones, but rounded and look more like cypress cones.

All evergreens drop needles upon regeneration of new ones--this is nature's way of replenishing and renewing. Cryptomeria drops needles probably every third or fourth year, much like Douglas-fir or Sequoia.
Will the cryptomeria radical grow in upstate NY?
Marcy S on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It might. I live in Washington, but we don't get quite as cold as you do. Take a look at the growing zone for your part of upper NY, and see if you are in the "green zone". Also, if you decided to try it anyway, you might try placing it in a protected spot.
normal shape when top cut?
Philip S on Jul 29, 2015
I would not recommend top cutting Cryptomeria Radicans. It will leave a hollow top area.
How close to the house can this tree be planted?
Digna S on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 7-10 feet away from your house.
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.
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
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does it survive in wet soils?
Mary Ann T on Jul 6, 2014

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