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Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi' Tree

Japanese Cedar Trees
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The Japanese Cedar is a lovely, small, conical conifer tree displaying colourful, evergreen foliage, for which this species is known. The herringbone shaped and surprisingly soft foliage is creamy yellow in spring, darkening to green in summer and then adopting bronze and purple shades in the cold winter months. Brown cones dangle on the ends of the pendulous branches in autumn.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi' may have an odd shape when young but quickly develops into a graceful conical shape and provides a magnificent focal point, especially in small gardens. 'Sekkan-sugi' needs a sheltered position away from cold winds and scorching sun, and likes a moist neutral to acid soil.

The national tree of Japan, Cryptomeria is often planted near temples. We also offer a larger and less pendulous variety called Cryptomeria japonica Elegans.

AKA Japanese Cedar Tree, Sekkan-sugi, Segan-sugi

  • Common name: Japanese Cedar Tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 1.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Creamy yellow foliage in spring, turning green in summer and bronzed-purple in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most soil types but prefers a slightly acidic, moist conditions
  • Received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Planting Advice for Cryptomeria japonica Sekkan-Sugi trees

Our pot grown Japanese 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 Sekkan-sugi trees

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 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 Cryptomeria japonica Sekkan-Sugi trees

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

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are 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 by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

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 with a height under 1.5 metres) : £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 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands 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.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is 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.

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.

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

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 branch), which supports a branched 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

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 5L pot Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi' Price £35.99 (inc VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 60-90cm 5L pot £35.99 (inc VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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