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Cryptomeria japonica 'Magic Dragon'

Previously known as:

  • Cryptomeria japonica 'Gyokruyu'
  • Cryptomeria japonica 'Mignone'
Description

Magic Dragon Cedar is a slow growing dwarf evergreen shrub or small tree that does well in full sun to partial shade in acidic moist well drained soils. It will need very little pruning and light fertilization with a balanced fertilizer in the spring.  Its bright green needles remain on the tree year round and turn an attractive red-bronze color in the winter providing some interest.

Its erect pyramidal form is attractive and it makes an excellent accent or specimen plant, used in foundation plantings, to make entryways or even as an upright element in a container garden planting.  It is resistant to pests and diseases, drought, heat, dry soil, and deer browsing.

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#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growing#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#disease resistant#insect pest tolerant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#foundation planting#dry soils tolerant#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growing#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#disease resistant#insect pest tolerant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#foundation planting#dry soils tolerant#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cryptomeria
    Species:
    japonica
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green spiny needles emerge that run a deep green when they mature and red-bronze in the winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Insect Pests