Cryptomeria japonica ‘Lobbii’ is a dense upright pyramidal form of the Japanese Cedar with deep green tiny needles held on stiff upright branches this is a neat looking small tree. Rarely seen in the U.K the whole family of Japanese cedars should be more widely planted. To me they blend with both modern and traditional gardens alike adding structure and form year round. Ok it’s a conifer, a much maligned and missused family of plants which fell out of favour years ago after the saga of Leylandii hedges but now surely is the time to look at plants like this charming mini cedar and re think how we use them. I have a collection of different Cryptomeria cultivars growing throughout the nursery garden planted amongst, palms, bamboo, Japanese maples giant gunnera and all manner of hardy exotics where they look fabulous adding to the supporting cast in summer changing to lead charactors in autumn through winter showing their strong evergreen presence.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘lobbii’ is a small tree looking it’s best when planted in dappled shade enjoying the company of other plants nearby. 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.