Japanese Cedar - Cryptomeria 12-18"
Cryptomeria japonica, also known as Japanese cedar, is an evergreen tree native to Japan and parts of China and Korea. It is a member of the cypress family and is commonly grown as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks worldwide.
The tree can reach up to 70 meters (230 feet) and has a conical or columnar shape. Its bark is reddish-brown and peels off in strips, while its leaves are scale-like and deep green, turning bronze or brown in winter. The tree produces small cones that are brown in color and about 1.5 to 2.5 cm long.
Cryptomeria japonica has a variety of uses, including for timber, as a source of essential oils, and in traditional Japanese architecture.
The wood is durable, has a pleasant scent, and is often used for building houses, furniture, and temples. The essential oil extracted from the tree is used in perfumes and soaps.
Cryptomeria japonica is an evergreen tree and does not have a traditional flowering season. However, the tree produces small cones in autumn that are brown and about 1.5 to 2.5 cm long. The cones contain the tree's seeds and are essential to its reproductive process. The cones of Cryptomeria japonica are not showy or particularly ornamental, but they add some interest to the tree's appearance in the fall and winter months.
Here are the general steps for planting a Cryptomeria japonica tree:
Cryptomeria japonica trees prefer a location with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
Dig a hole about two to three times bigger than the tree root ball and about the same depth. Ensure the hole is deep enough to level the top of the root ball with the ground surface.
Mix compost or aged manure with the soil removed from the planting hole. This will help improve soil structure, drainage, and fertility.
Carefully remove the tree from its container or burlap sack and gently loosen any tangled roots. Place the cedar in the hole and fill it with the prepared soil mixture. Make sure the tree is straight and adjust as needed.
Water the tree thoroughly after planting around the roots. Apply a layer of organic mulch, wood chips, or shredded leaves around the tree's base to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
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Cryptomeria japonica trees require regular watering during the first year or two after planting to help establish a robust root system. Prune the tree to maintain shape and remove dead or damaged branches. Fertilize the tree once a year in the spring with a balanced fertilizer.