Cryptomeria japonica ‘Monstrosa’

September 14, 2009

Cryptomeria japonica 'monstrosa' Hindu pan style

Cryptomeria japonica 'monstrosa' Hindu pan style

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Monstrosa’ is an selection of Cryptomeria that can be used in spaces where a very narrow upright is needed. Like most Cryptomerias, ‘Monstrosa’ will tolerate light shade and continue to do well. Moist, drained soils are preferred. ‘Monstrosa’, despite its name, can be kept reasonably small for the home landscape by pruning branches that stray beyond 8 inches or so from the trunk. Then by cleaning out any brown foliage from the inside, and a little tip pruning, it is possible to create a very interesting ‘Hindu pan’ styled specimen. Over time, the caliper of the trunk will increase, yet the overall dimensions of the tree will remain small. The end result is stunning. It would be the perfect compliment for a small Japanese styled garden, part of a small pond landscape. A series of four specimens have been used against the gray siding of a modern home to great effect. Propagation is the same for other Cryptomerias, winter cuttings with bottom heat and hormone.

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