Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis'

Spiralis Japanese Cedar




Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Cryptomeria

Parent: Cryptomeria japonica

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 6 to 8' tall in 10 years, to 30' tall and 25' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Foliage is bright green to light green. Needles spiral around the branchlets like a twisted rope - great architectural form, dense foliage and very narrow form. Globe shaped in infancy maturing to a broad upright habit, pyramidal. Grows 6 to 8" per year. Delicate - requires good drainage and moist soil.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Mike Francis at Japanese Maples and Conifers (Maple Ridge) in October 2013 and planted it in the Gumball Border Garden. In late winter some animal pulled it right out of the ground so I potted it up for spring and then replanted it.

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