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Cryptomeria Japonica Elegans Viridis or as it is more commonly known Elegans Viridis Japanese Cedar is a large, evergreen tree. Prized for its reddish bark and dense, very attractive feathery green foliage, this long-lived conifer is quite popular for its easy maintenance and soft good looks. Japanese Cedar Elegans Viridis grows in an upright, conical habit and sports a distinctive, reddish bark. But, unlike its close relatives from the Cryptomeria genus which are deciduous, this variety has evergreen, drooping foliage that gives it a unique appearance. The soft, juvenile, needle-like foliage does not harden when the tree matures but stays pale green and feathery even once established.
A Japan native, Cryptomeria Japonica Elegans Viridis prefers a sheltered position and tolerates both full sun and partial shade. When it comes to soil, this conifer is not fussy and thrives in any deep, moist but well-drained soil. Avoid letting the soil dry out, as this might discourage new growth.
Growing slowly to moderately, Japanese Cedar Elegans Viridis forms a wide, pyramidal shape and can grow to be over 9 meters high and up to 4 meters wide.
One of the most loved qualities of this cultivar is that is quite easy to grow and to care for. The dense, bushy habit gives this variety its recognizable looks, which is why pruning is discouraged. The pyramidal shape is the natural form of this conifer, and no trimming is necessary.
Adaptable and strong, Japanese Cedar Elegans Viridis can survive even if the winter temperatures drop below -20 degrees. This cultivar is fully hardy in the United Kingdom, and generally pest and disease free. With its remarkable performance in the garden and extraordinary looks, Cryptomeria Japonica Elegans Viridis earned the Award Of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
Providing year-round interest and sublime texture, this evergreen conifer can exalt any landscape. Cryptomeria Japonica Elegans Viridis is a great candidate for a specimen tree, or even as a focal point in a mixed shrub border. Plant in a row to create an evergreen screen.
For a wider selection of evergreen trees, take a look at our selection of conifers.
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