Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yellow Twig’ – A rounded form of Japanese Cedar with whipcord branches of a beautiful lime green with some yellow highlights on the new growth. The attractive green foliage colour is also retained throughout the winter. It does takes on a more open pyramidal form with age, reaching 8 to 12′ high. Grows 6′ high by 3-4′ wide in 10 years. Hardy to zone 6.
Crytomeria japonica ‘Knaptonensis’ – One of those rare conifers with white highlights on the new growth that makes it look like it has been flocked, even in the middle of summer. ‘Knaptonensis’ has a dense growth habit and grows about 3″ a year once established. A partial sun exposure is best as afternoon sun may cause scorch. Grows 3-4′ high by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiraliter Falcata’ – The Spiral Branched Japanese Cedar has glossy yellowish-green to bright lime dread-lock like branches that twist in all directions, although the overall plant form is somewhat pyramidal. It prefers an evenly moist, acidic soil with some protection from cold winter winds. Grows 6′ high by 3-4′ wide in 10 years. Hardy to zone 6.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Mushroom’ – A great fine textured conifer for those gardeners who hate to prune, as it really needs little care. The airy foliage is a bright sage green in summer, shifting to bronze or mahogany in the colder weather. It tolerates part to full sun exposures and has a broad pyramidal form at maturity. Grows 3′ high by 3 to 4′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans Nana’ – The dwarf form of Japanese Plume Cedar with wispy green foliage that takes on purplish-brown tones with the onset of colder weather. It produces tiny rounded cones in abundance that are bright lime green, nicely contrasting the darker foliage. These mature to gold, then brown. Grows 4-6′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.