Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar

Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiraliter Falcata'

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Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiraliter Falcata') at Weston Nurseries

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar

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Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiraliter Falcata') at Weston Nurseries

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar foliage

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


A low, mounded shrub, with tiny curved needles that cover twisting branchlets creating an unusual texture; one of the smaller forms of the species; excellent for accenting in a rock garden or borders

Ornamental Features

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has attractive bluish-green evergreen foliage. The tiny twisted needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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.

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 full sun to partial 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.

Spiraliter Falcata Japanese Cedar makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features