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Cryptomeria japonica

'Vilmoriniana'


Dwarf Japanese Cedar




Origin:  It was first cultivated by de Vilmorin of France in 1890.
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This dwarf conifer is very round and soft looking. It has interesting fall colour and can be used as an accent in rock gardens. It is fairly low maintenance and tolerates most soil conditions which makes it a good choice for use in any landscape.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Cupressaceae (Taxodiacae)
Genus
Cryptomeria
Species
japonica
Cultivar
'Vilmoriniana'
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (evergreen)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
6b - 7a
Canadian Hardiness Zone
6b
RHS Hardiness Zone
H6
Temperature (°C)
-20 to -15
Temperature (°F)
4 -5
Height
30 - 100 cm
Spread
50 - 100 cm
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
January
General Description
This shrub is soft in appearance and has a globular growth habit.
Landscape
This shrub is useful in rock gardens, shrub borders and backgrounds in perennial garden beds.
Cultivation
The Dwarf Japanese Cedar prefers full sun but does well in partial shade. It needs moist but well-drained soil that is fertile, and needs to be watered frequently. It tolerates acidic, alkaline, and neutral soils as well as clay, sandy, or loamy conditions. It is frost hardy but needs to be placed in an area sheltered from drying winds. It does not need regular pruning and it is fairly low-maintenance.
Shape
This shrub grows into a dense globe.
Growth
Slow
ID Characteristic
It can be identified by its round form.
Pests
It is generally pest and disease free.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
The bark is thick and reddish brown with straight vertical furrows and is exfoliating.
Leaf Description
The leaves are short and leathery; they overlap and curve inward slightly forming a whorled arrangement.
Flower Description
The flowers are green or brown.
Colour Description
The foliage is grey-green in the summer and turns reddish purple in autumn and winter.
Texture Description
This shrub has a soft texture.
Propagation
This cultivar needs to be propagated from cuttings and grafted. It can also be propagated by air layering or tip layering.
References
Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 6th ed. Champaign: Stripes Publishing L.L.C., 2009.
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