Cryptomeria japonica ‘Jindai Sugi’ is a very dwarf architectural form of the much loved Japanese cedar with a pyramidal compact habit and growth that in spring emerges a yellow gold colour fading to deep green as the season progresses. Once autumn arrives with the first frosts this hardy little cedar flushes a bronzy colour over the deep green, so in essence a conifer that changes colour through the seasons. Cryptomeria japonica ‘Jindai Sugi’ being very slow growing and compact is also a great candidate for bonsai enthusiasts too lending itself to trimming and container cultivation naturally forming a minature tree like structure as it grows.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Jindai Sugi’ is very a minature tree looking it’s best when planted in dappled shade enjoying the company of other plants nearby especially suited to contempory or oriental style gardens. 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.