2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Hardiness: H6
- Eventual Height: 1.5 – 2.5m
- Eventual Spread: 1 – 1.5m
Cryptomeria Elegans Compacta, also known as ‘Japanese Cedar Elegans Compacta’ and holder of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a cultivar of the species Cryptomeria Elegans, native to Japan and China. It is a member of the cypress family and is closely related to the Giant Sequoia.
Cryptomeria Elegans Compacta is a dwarf cultivar that typically grows to only 2.5 metres tall and wide. It is known for its dense, conical shape, and soft feathery foliage that is green in the Summer, turning bronze in the Winter. This cultivar is also known for its tight branching, which gives it a more compact appearance. It is a popular choice for use as a specimen tree, as a bonsai, or in small groupings.
How to care for your Cryptomeria Japonica Elegans Compacta
- Sunlight: This plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. If grown in a location with too much shade, it may become leggy and not develop the tight, compact shape for which it is known.
- Watering: This plant prefers well-drained soil. Water it regularly, but avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.
- Soil: This plant prefers well-drained soil.
- Fertiliser: Fertilise this plant in Spring with a slow-release fertiliser. Avoid over-fertilising, which can lead to excessive growth and a less compact shape.
- Pruning: It has a naturally tight, compact shape, so pruning is not usually necessary. However, if you notice any dead or damaged branches, you can prune them off as needed.
- Cold hardiness: It is hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -20˚C.
- Bonsai care: If you’re growing as a bonsai, you’ll need to be more vigilant about pruning and shaping it to maintain its small size and desired shape. Bonsai care can be a complex and time-consuming process, so be sure to research it thoroughly before you begin.