- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
- Mature Spread 5 - 6 Feet
- Growing Zones 5 - 9
Elegant dark-green needles, a broadly pyramidal shape, and flowing branches define the spirit of this cedar. An especially fast grower, expect this tree to grow 6 to 12 inches annually. Its upright and compact form makes for a stunning focal point, or accent tree, especially combined with red bark. The Black Dragon Japanese Cedar combines the best characteristics of old-growth cedar trees and new cedar variants!
The lush needles deliver fragrant evergreen scents throughout your landscape all year round. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and hardy in zones 5-9, this cedar can be grown and easily maintained in almost the entirety of the continental United States! A perfect specimen tree, it also works well in mass planting or as part of a privacy shield. Additionally, Black Dragon Japanese Cedar can be grown in a container and placed on a porch or a walkway as a statement piece. When grown in tandem with Japanese Maples and Junipers, this conifer works in harmony to create a zen-like feeling in your landscape with color and texture that lasts all year round.
Black Dragon Japanese Cedar Care
Plant Black Dragon in a free-draining area that receives full sun and is safe from strong winds. If it is being grown to its full height, plant it in an area without overhangs or utility lines. If planted with the intention to keep it smaller through pruning, there are more options for placement underneath or near covered structures. Directly after planting, water this cedar about twice a week, sometimes three times if it has been particularly dry. This will enable the tree to develop a deep and healthy root system. Once the cedar is properly established, reduce watering to only during the summer and extended dry periods, about once a week. Feed it yearly with an organic tree fertilizer during the spring. Mulch near the base of the tree, taking care to avoid 2-3 inches around the trunk.
This tree does not require pruning unless shaping is desired. When shaping this tree, do so in the early spring before new growth appears. If there is a particularly dense area of branches, trim back some of the foliage to allow for better circulation; this will aid the tree in resisting fungal infections due to moisture retention.
Black Dragon Japanese Cedar Spacing
With a height of 8-10 ft and a spread of 5-6 feet, plant this tree with enough room to grow to its maximum size. If planting a new row, add an additional 3 to 4 feet to allow for better circulation, totaling 8 to 10 feet. This evergreen will bring a timeless yet progressive feel to your landscape.
Black Dragon Japanese Cedar Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9|
|Plant Type: Bushes|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 8 - 10 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 5 - 6 Feet|
|Spacing: 5 - 6 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): None|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: N/A|
|Resists: Deer, Disease, Pests & Insects|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Specimen or Focal Point|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Black Dragon Japanese Cedar|
|Other Name(s): Black Dragon Japanese Cedar|
|Scientific Name: Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
For more detailed information, please click here.
Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.