At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cupressaceae
Latin Name: Cryptomeria japonica 'Radicans'
Foliage: Green to blue-green needles
Fall Foliage: Evergreen
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Pyramidal
Bark: Reddish-brown and exfoliating
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 30 to 40 feet
Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Extremely fast-growing, drought-tolerant, and aesthetically pleasing, the Cryptomeria Japonica Radicans—or Japanese Cedar—is a very popular landscaping choice. True to its binomial name, it can act as the ideal natural screen or hedge, capable of providing plenty of privacy (cryptomeria literally means “hidden place” in Greek). Its feathery blue-green foliage, composed of evergreen needles set in a herringbone pattern, transforms to gorgeous rich hues of violet-tinged bronze in the winter, ensuring magnificent colors all year round.

Reaching heights of 30-40 ft. with a spread of 15-20 ft., this pyramidal evergreen belongs to the Cupressaceae family and is found in the 5-8 hardiness zone range. The “Radicans” specimen has a columnar or pyramidal growth structure, and can be distinguished from other Japanese Cedars due to its dense foliage that retains its color and bronzes much less in the winter. It exfoliates its reddish-brown bark in strips. Tough and adaptable, the Japanese Cedar doesn’t mind neglect—once it is properly established, it practically thrives on its own independence.

This species makes a lovely hedge or backdrop, offering year-round vibrant color and gentle texture. While it favors medium to wet well-drained soils and full sun, the Japanese Cedar flourishes best in deep and slightly acidic soil. Though it does not produce flowers, it is characterized by its crinkled, autumnal, chocolate-colored cones and its smooth developing ones, which elegantly dangle from its boughs like miniature gleaming lanterns. Japanese Cedar timber is soft, fragrant, and resilient against insects and weather elements; easy to saw and season, it’s often preferred for veneers, plywood, and light construction.

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