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Little Diamond Japanese Cedar*

Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond'

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Little Diamond Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar

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Little Diamond Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar foliage

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A compact mounded shrub with tiny light green foliage and distinct texture; nicely situated as a garden accent, along borders, or in rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar has attractive light green foliage. The tiny scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain light green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Little Diamond Japanese Cedar makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features