The foliage of Cryptomeria japonica Elegans on the Barcham Trees nursery
The foliage of Cryptomeria japonica Elegans on the Barcham Trees nursery
The bronzey purple winter foliage of Cryptomeria japonica Elegans
A mature specimen of Cryptomeria japonica Elegans in a parkland environment
Cryptomeria japonica Elegans on the row at the Barcham Trees nursery
Small Japanese Cedar from this batch

Cryptomeria japonica Elegans

Japanese Cedar

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small trees are 1-1.5-m tall.

This funky tree has foliage with interesting texture and a feathery-like appearance; it is hard to pass one resisting the urge to have a “feel” of the soft looking foliage!

Unlike most conifers which tend to be fairly static throughout the year, this tree gives a super show throughout the winter, turning from a bright green to purple-bronze during the winter. At this point many people are somewhat concerned and make a call to us, but do not fear this is all part of the charm of this tree!

Cryptomeria japonica was introduced from Japan in 1854; it grows to between 3-7m at maturity and can often reach as wide as it is tall. It is a useful small tree which is a consistent performer and tolerates all soils, however it does prefer the planting area to be well drained.

This unusual tree is a super choice for gardens; small, evergreen, bushy, interesting all year round and easy to maintain, what more could one want from a tree! It is particularly useful for planting schemes that require a winter focus to brighten up the long winter months, at which point it would contrast wonderfully with anything light in colour; plants such as Birch, or landscaping features such as a stone wall.

This tree is difficult to identify, so is the perfect tree to impress your friends and neighbours with, as it is unlikely they will have an answer to your “guess what?”.

Mature height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Green, Red/Purple,
Screening from ground level,
Looks good in
Autumn, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.