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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans' Tree

Japanese Cedar Trees
  • £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans' is a delightful evergreen conifer that transforms colour throughout the seasons. Known as the Japanese Red Cedar, it boasts blue/green foliage in the spring that turns fresh green throughout the summer before burgundy-purple and rusty-red in the autumn and winter.

The foliage of Cryptomeria 'Elegans is surprisingly soft and tactile, whilst the horizontal branches have pendulous tips making a fabulous shape. 'Elegans' will reach 4-5 metres height in 20 years with a spread of 1.5 metres and will thrive if planted in moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade.

The Japanese Red Cedar is a great choice for growing in a pot or small garden due to its compact size, attractive form and ever changing year round interest.

AKA Japanese Cedar Tree, Japanese Red Cedar Tree, Sugi Elegans

  • Common name: Japanese Red Cedar Tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4-5 x 1.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Blue-green in spring, green in summer and purple/red in autumn
  • Position: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Tolerates most soil types but prefers a moist, well-drained site

Planting Cryptomeria japonica Elegans 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

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

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 Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

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

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

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. 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. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 30-50cm Root type: 7.5L pot Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans' Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 30-50cm 7.5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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