Japanese Red Cedar Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Aurea

British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £48.00
Price £48.00

All prices include VAT

Product description



More a bright, light-green in summer, it is the soft, feathery juvenile foliage of this upright selection that puts on a bright chartreuse display in late winter, when the sight is especially welcome. As a large, handsome specimen with cinnamon bark and a tapering trunk, this conifer will add strength and elegance to the landscape year-round. Bright green, fluffy foliage in the summer months takes on yellow hues during winter.

Where to grow

To grow well Cryptomeria require fertile deep loamy moisture retentive soils in a sheltered position with abundant rainfall. 


5-10 meters
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Fine/Light leaf
Evergreen Hedge
Conifer Hedge
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Wind break
Flower Arranging


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Allan Wright on 18/10/2015

When is the best time to move a cryptomeria to another part of the garden

By Simon on 22/10/2015

Hello Allan,

Moving trees is best undertaken in the winter, but is always a risky business. Take as much of the roots as possible.

By Carol Hill on 08/05/2016

Can I grow a cryptomeria japonica elegans viridis in a pot as against planting in the garden ?

By Simon on 20/05/2016

Hello Carol,

Cryptomeria japonica Elegans Aurea is best in the ground as it needs a deep, fertile soil that does not dry out. I imagine it’s the same for the Viridis variety. You can keep most things in a container for a while, as long as they are watered sufficiently and given plenty of feed, but ultimately any large tree will be better in the ground.

By Nik from Bulgaria on 12/06/2017

Is it not dry tolerant? To plant in Bulgaria where summer is hot and dry.

By Simon on 16/06/2017

Hello Nik,

Cryptomeria prefers a moist soil, so if it gets too dry it might suffer. There are other conifers that cope well with drought, such as Juniper scopulorum, you could look at. Please note we do not ship outside mainland UK.

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