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Magic Dragon Cryptomeria Cryptomeria japonica 'Magic Dragon'

Other Common Name(s):

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 newly emerging needles are bright green.  They remain on the tree year round and turn an attractive red-bronze color in the winter providing interest to your winter garden.  

Its rapid growth, up to 18 inches per year, make it a great choice for a new garden where you are trying to establish your plantings.

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.

Its dense form and layered branches make it an ideal nesting spot for birds and other wildlife.  

It is not easily propagated by the home gardener.  Select stems from specific parent plants must be chosen to reproduce this cultivar.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.  When experiencing extreme heat or when grown in containers, regular watering is recommended.  

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Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growing#conifer#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#disease resistant#pest resistant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#foundation planting#mildew resistant#urban conditions tolerant#compact habit#dry soils tolerant#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growing#conifer#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#disease resistant#pest resistant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#foundation planting#mildew resistant#urban conditions tolerant#compact habit#dry soils tolerant#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cryptomeria
    Species:
    japonica
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Foundation planting
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts songbirds and well as other wildlife that nest in the plant as well as feasting on the small
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Textural
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Nesting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • 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:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Cones growing on Cryptomeria are eaten by songbirds and other wildlife.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    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
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Insect Pests
    Urban Conditions