Cryptomeria Radicans

Product Description

Few privacy trees offer the enchanting look of the Cryptomeria Radicans. Have passersby stop in awe at this breathtaking privacy screen!

The Japanese Cedar is a handsome evergreen features foliage that is exceptionally dense, dark green and feathery, therefore offering good contrast to its blue-leafed evergreens. The Radicans is a quick grower and is not prone to the tip blight from which many other japonica cultivars suffer.

This privacy tree’s habit is tall and slender and offers year-round beauty as a privacy screen or specimen. It is a quick grower, reaching 12 to 16 feet tall within 5 years of planting.

The Radicans thrives in full sun to partial shade and any well-drained garden soil, however it does best in moist, enriched soils. Space these privacy trees 5 to 6 feet apart for a dense privacy screen or perimeter planting.

Botanical Name

Cryptomeria japonica 'Radicans'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Evergreen
Mature Height 30-40 ft
Mature Width 15-20 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fast growing
  • Provides privacy
  • Evergreen
  • Cold tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Cryptomeria Radicans order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Cryptomeria Radicans or Japanese Cedar prefers full sun or partial shade. It adapts well to most well-drained soil types. This evergreen is quite drought tolerant, but should be watered regularly until established. It functions beautifully as an ornamental tree or as a dense privacy hedge.

Little pruning is needed for the Cryptomeria to maintain it’s conical shape. However, an early summer shearing or pruning will encourage new growth and promote a more formal pyramid shape if desired. Dead, damaged or poorly structured branches should be removed. Keeping the base of the tree weed-free will allow greater airflow and disease resistance.

When planting multiples, the Radicans centers should be spaced approximately 15 feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Cryptomeria Radicans, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

4 reviews for Cryptomeria Radicans

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very nice trees in great packaging.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    I never thought I would find such an excellent tree from an online store!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie B.

    Bought the 2-3 ft size and they came just over 3ft tall. Impressed with the size and quality of the trees. This plant is hard to find, so happy an online nursery had them for sale. If you are questioning them, ask for photos, they freely sent me photos the same day I requested them. Thanks Elisa for the great customer service.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (verified owner)

    Received my Cryptomeria trees today and they are more than I expected.
    Well packaged for the sake of the plant. The soil still had moisture in the planters. Sunk them right away and am over the moon happy with them. The Customer Service was great working with me even during the worst hurricane ever. Thank you so much! I love my Cryptomerias.

    • Perfect Plants

      Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so pleased they arrived safe and sound. The cryptomeria radicans looked lovely in your yard and we were happy to help.

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