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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' Tree

Dwarf Japanese Cedar Trees
  • £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Transforming colour in the colder months, Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' is a stunning small evergreen conifer. The soft, feathery green foliage turns burgundy-purple in autumn and winter. A more compact version of 'Elegans', this Japanese Red Cedar is ideal is for growing in a pot or small garden due to its size and year round interest.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' grows to 2 x 1 metres in 20 years and holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It will thrive in moist but well-drained soils and can be planted in a sunny or partially shaded position.

AKA Japanese Cedar Tree, Japanese Red Cedar Tree

  • Common name: Japanese Red Cedar Tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 1 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Green in spring/summer spring and purple in autumn/winter
  • Soil: Tolerates most soil types but prefers a moist, well-drained site
  • Position: Full sun to partial shade

Planting Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Compacta Trees

Our pot grown Japanese Red Cedar trees can be planted at any time of the year. To prepare the planting site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently, making sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie kit. Visit the help section for further information.

Aftercare Advice for Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Compacta

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Japanese Red Cedar trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Compacta

Japanese Red Cedar trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches from your Japanese Cedar tree as and when you see them.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 30-50cm Root type: 7.5L pot* Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Compacta' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 30-50cm 7.5L pot* £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Ready by: 31st Jul 2022
Ready by: 31st Jul 2022
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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