Plant Care Japanese Cedar

Japanese Cedar

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About Japanese Cedar

Japanese Cedar is a medium evergreen tree that is easy to grow with a graceful habit. It reaches 50-70 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide with a conical to pyramidal shape. It prefers rich, moist, well-drained, acidic soils. It does well in conditions from sun to partial shade. It is resistant to damage by deer and is slightly salt tolerant.


Cryptomeria japonica

Also known as

Cryptomeria, Sugi and Japanese redwood

How to care for Japanese Cedar


How often to water your Japanese Cedar

Water needs for Japanese Cedar
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Cedar needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Japanese Cedar

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Japanese Cedar in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Cedar: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Cedar love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Japanese Cedar does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Japanese Cedar in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Japanese Cedar

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Cedar: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Japanese Cedar after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Japanese Cedar is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Japanese Cedar

Japanese Cedar

Japanese Cedar

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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