Black Dragon Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

I’d been eyeing this cryptomeria for a while and finally bought this 3-gallon size on a trip to Flower World. Initially I’d planned to site it in the driveway circle but decided to place it in the front garden lower bed where we had some overly-tall pine trees removed a few years ago (they were about 40 feet and still growing, and I felt they were a danger to our roof and foundation, being situated in the 15-foot gap between our house and garage). Sources say that Black Dragon should top out at 10 – 12 feet at most, continuing to grow in density rather than height at that point, which should be the perfect size for this spot.

    Nursery Tag

    Semi dwarf growth to an ultimate height of 10 - 12'. Rich acidic soil with some moisture. Hardy zones 5 - 9 (depending on source, one tag says to 10F, the other says -10 - 0F.) Companions: Japanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Abelia (Abelia); Loropetalum (Loropetalum)

    Gardener's Log

    12/2021: Planted 3 gallon in front garden by old pine tree stump

    Photos taken April 3, 2022

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