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Golden Promise Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Golden Promise'

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Golden Promise Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Golden Promise') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar foliage

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

A very compact, ball shaped shrub with stunning foliage that emerges green and matures to golden, with creamy gold highlights; a perfect garden accent shrub, staying small and round; displays a purplish tinge in winter

Ornamental Features

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar has attractive creamy white-variegated gold foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding purple in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded 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.

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Golden Promise Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. 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 partial shade to 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.

Golden Promise 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features