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Black Dragon Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'
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Description

The Black Dragon Cryptomeria is easily one of our favorites. Its unique, dark, evergreen foliage and natural layered branches will transform your boring landscape into botanical garden! If you love Japanese Maples, you will love the Black Dragon Cryptomeria. It is a perfect complement to your Japanese Maples, adding stunning color and texture contrast while giving off that same lovely Zen vibe.

New foliage emerges bright green. As the greenery matures it darkens to a deep, dark green that is almost black. You will be hard-pressed to find another tree with this fantastic color. Wildlife and birds will love nestling in the layered, dense branches and feasting on the small pinecones of this Cryptomeria. At a max height of 10 feet and spread of 6 feet this compact evergreen will fit in just about anywhere!

This Cryptomeria thrives in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Like most evergreens, the cryptomeria prefers a well-draining, slightly acidic, fertile soil. However, this tree is fairly adaptable to any soil that drains well, including clay and sand. This conifer does not require pruning. The Black Dragon Cryptomeria is pest and disease resistant as well as deer and drought tolerant once established.

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growing zone 5-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 4-6 Feet
Fall Color Green
Bloom Color Pink

How To Care

The Black Dragon Cryptomeria can be planted anytime of the year as long as extreme temperatures are avoided. This small tree grows in planting zones 5-9.

This Cryptomeria thrives in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Like most evergreens, the Cryptomeria prefers a well-draining, slightly acidic, fertile soil. However, this tree is fairly adaptable to any soil that drains well, including clay and sandy soils. Water deeply once or twice weekly for the first couple months after planting. Once established this Cryptomeria is fairly drought tolerant. Water once weekly in summer and in dry periods for best results. Fertilize with an acidic slow release fertilizer in spring. If your soil is nutrient poor, fertilize in fall as well. Generally this tree does not require pruning. If you choose to shape your tree, do so in early spring.

The Black Dragon Cryptomeria rarely encounters pests or disease when properly cared for. This evergreen is deer tolerant.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 4-6 Feet
Fall Color Green
Bloom Color Pink

Landscape Ideas

The Black Dragon Cryptomeria is touted for its deep green, almost black mature foliage. This unique color and this Cryptomeria's attractive, natural shape shine in the landscape. Plant as a focal or specimen tree in a lovely Japanese-inspired Zen garden. Mix with Japanese Maples and Junipers for outstanding year-round color and texture. You'll want to add a bench! This tree is perfect for a rock garden. Plant every 4 feet for a truly unique hedge or border. This compact evergreen is perfect for a small urban garden. Don't have anywhere to plant? No worries! Try a container. The Black Dragon Cryptomeria is truly stunning in planters. This Cryptomeria is sure to add another dimension to your landscape! Our Canadian Hemlock is also a great option.


For additional options, be sure to browse our Thuja Green Giant as well as our Privacy and Evergreen tree collections.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 4-6 Feet
Fall Color Green
Bloom Color Pink

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RC
12/03/2020
Richard C.
United States United States
Black Dragon Superb - A++

Morrison (customer service) was outstanding! The tree was perfect and we look forward to a long life together. Thank you to all who helped make this happen. RC

AL
11/25/2020
Amy L.
United States United States
Black Dragon Cryptomeria

Black Dragon Cryptomeria: I installed 3 three gallon Black Dragon Cryptomeria on the corner of a newly installed fence (about to finally start staining it). These are very unique columnar evergreen trees and soften the fence corner. These plants are thriving weeks after installation. Ordering User Interface: I found the Plantingtree.com website easy to use. I was able to search and filter for various plants quickly. The images were very good, and the information for each plant was well organized and presented methodically. I was able to make selections and move through the checkout process rapidly. I was able to request specific shipping dates and/or special instructions during the check-out process. Value: My experience with Plantingtree.com is that their pricing is very competitive, and you know you will receive healthy, high quality uniform plants for any installation. Shipping: During the online ordering process, I was able to specify specific ship dates which Plantingtree.com used to send the plants at the dates requested. The plants were shipped in a timely manner; mine arrived within a day or two after they shipped. When they arrived, the packaging kept them safe and hydrated, so they were in great condition on arrival. Health After Planting: I had multiple orders of assorted plants, which were all installed between August and early November. It is late November at the time of this review, and all my plants are thriving. Health after installation has been great. Customer Support: Customer Support for Plantingtree.com was outstanding. I had to update the number trees I purchased several times and they were helpful in ensuring that I was able to receive plants of the same size for a large installation. The team was very personable and truly wanted to ensure a great user experience. Other Recommendations: All the plants I received from Plantingtree.com were in excellent condition and I have few recommendations for purchasers to ensure long term plant health: select plants that work for your growing conditions; do site prep work before plants arrive; open your shipment of plants immediately; water immediately; plant as soon as possible and use Biotone Starter Plus to get them a great start; stake your young trees; use biodegradable soft ties when staking; mulch your plants to prevent weeds and reduce amount of watering required, and water according to directions adjusting if necessary (i.e. warmer than usual fall).

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RM
11/16/2020
Ruth M.
United States United States
Excellent condition

Very happy with my tree. It's a nice size and arrived in great condition. The root ball was healthy and not overgrown or root bound.

CK
10/07/2020
Cassandra K.
United States United States
Healthy, but small and the trunk was bent

The tree looks healthy, but it was on the small side of 3 to 4 feet and has to be straightened out with stakes due to having a very noticeable bend in the trunk. I am following the planting guide strictly, so I expect great things from this plant as it grows.

JG
09/12/2020
James G.
United States United States
Small , but healthy..

Healthy well-placed plant. Looking forward to it growing into the garden. Arrived 3rd day after ordering. Overall happy with my purchase.