Cryptomeria japonica ‘Araucarioides’ is a really weird member of the Japanese cedar family with very short needles produced on long spidery stems creating a strange otherworldly look. Definately a plant for the collector of strange things, I’ve had one of these planted for over 10 years, it now has a height and spread of 3-4 metres and ranks as our premium oddball tree/shrub. The possiblities for planting this rare Cryptomeria are endless I think it would look great amongst ferns, grasses, palms or bamboo or a a crazy focal point. I’ve now got images of it planted en-masse, go on I dare any designers out there to give it a go.
The books all say Japanese cedars need the holy grail, acidic fertile free draining soil but I have found them to be pretty amenable to ranging soil conditions, even happy on our wet clay here. Just prepare the planting site well with good quality compost and apply a generous mulch around the base of the plant once planted.