Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

Black Dragon Japanese Cedar




Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Cryptomeria

Parent: Cryptomeria japonica

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 7' tall and 4' wide, can reach 10' tall

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green mature foliage, lighter green new growth. Stays dark green in winter. Dense, stiff, pyramidal form but slightly irregular. Vigorous in youth, then slowing once it reaches 6 to 7' tall and thickening.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in May 2011 and planted it on the corner of the pool fence near the pool equipment, replacing an Augusta Beauty Gardenia.

Sources of Information

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