How to Prune Dwarf Cryptomeria Japonicca


Cryptomeria japonica "Globosa Nana" is also known as the dwarf globe Japanese cedar. It is an evergreen that is hardy to zones 5 to 7. It has bluish-green needles that will turn to a rusty red color in the winter season. In landscape design it is generally used as a specimen planting. The cryptomeria japonica will do well in sun to partial shade, and well-drained soil. This evergreen will reach a height of 2 to 4 feet and a width of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet, it is an extremely low-maintenance plant, but some pruning is recommended.

Step 1

Prune any dead/dieback foliage when it appears, using your hand pruning shears. The evergreen does not have to be in its dormant state.

Step 2

Remove any damaged/broken foliage. This can be done at any time.

Step 3

Trim to shape the dome of the dwarf globe Japanese cedar. The natural shape is dome-like in appearance, but you may want to further define this round shape by snipping away the foliage to define the shape. You can do this in early spring, or late fall/early winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruning shears


  • North Carolina State University: Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'
  • Patmore Nursery: Dwarf Globe Japanese Cedar
  • Backyard Gardener: Cryptomeria japonica
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