Cryptomeria Black Dragon
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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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AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Mature Height

6-8 Feet

Mature Width

4-5 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Dark Green

Grows in Zones

5

Grows in Zones

6

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

5-9

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Grows in Zones

5-9

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Well-drained, Fertile

Mature Height

6-8 Feet

Mature Width

4-5 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Dark Green

Botanical Name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Mature Height

6-8 Feet

Mature Width

4-5 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Dark Green

Grows in Zones

5

Grows in Zones

6

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

5-9

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

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Mature Height

6-8 Feet

Mature Width

4-5 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Dark Green

Grows in Zones

5

Grows in Zones

6

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

5-9

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!

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Soil Type

Acidic, Adaptable, Fertile, Well-drained,

Mature Height

6-8 Feet

Mature Width

4-5 Feet

Drought Tolerance

Good

Fall Color

Dark Green

Grows in Zones

5

Grows in Zones

6

Grows in Zones

7

Grows in Zones

8

Grows in Zones

9

Grows in Zones

5-9

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07/26/2018
Janice C.
United States

Beautiful Black Dragon Cryptomeria

The Black Dragon is even more beautiful than the pictures on your website. I am very pleased with it's overall appearance and health. The only issue I had is with the delivery of the box. Fedex shipping, in my area, is the pits! They threw the box over my fence and caused the plant pot to break and spill quite a bit of the soil out, loosening the rootball. I have since planted and am watching carefully to make sure there is no lasting damage. This happens on such a regular base, we do not even complain anymore. They do nothing about it except tell us to contact where we bought the item from. Anyway, you definitely get 5 from me. Thank you again, I look forward to ordering more from you in the future. Janice Carnley

EM
07/17/2018
Elizabeth M.
United States

Adorable

Healthy young tree. Can’t wait for it to develop lovely side branching. For now I couldn’t be happier.

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06/13/2018
Claudia H.
United States

Cryptomera Black Dragon

The tree arrived in good condition. The packing was appropriate to keep the tree safe. Delivery was quick, just a few days. planted it with the compost and slow release fertilizer added to the native soil. Now we'll see how nicely it grows. I'm happy with my purchase.

BW
06/13/2018
Barbara W.
United States

Great product. Great service.

Beautiful, healthy plant arrived safely. Packaged securely. It's in the ground now and looks exactly as I had hoped.

MR
05/24/2018
Michael R.
United States

Black Dragon trees

So far very good.