Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans'
Description: An unusual conifer with elegant soft fluffy evergreen foliage making a small tree at maturity. The bushy juvenile foliage is feathery in appearance and incredibly soft to touch. The evergreen leaves offer a contrast to other plants in the garden and as an extra interest turn red bronze during autumn and winter and develos soft spongy bark as the tree matures.
Uses: It is such an unusual foliage plant that provides wonderful contrast within a garden and many gardeners struggle to identify it quite simply as it looks like nothing else!
Climate/Position: Colour is best when the conifer is planted in a light position.
Height/Spread: Eventual height up to 7 metres with spread of 4 metres.
Soil Requirements: Easily grown but best in moist soils but avoid waterlogged sites.
Pruning: Generally no pruning required, however reacts well to pruning if necessary.
Additional Interest: Introduced from Japan by Thomas Lobb in 1854