Black Dragon Cryptomeria Support

Q: Many young Black Dragon cryptomeria I’ve seen at nurseries are bending over at the top. Many have been staked to keep them vertical. Will it need support growing to its mature height?

A: Noted landscape designer Shannon Pable ( says she’s often observed cryptomeria cultivars incorrectly labeled as ‘Black Dragon’. Be sure yours is labeled correctly lest you get a plant that grows bigger than you expect. ‘Black Dragon’ is usually staked when young to ensure a straight central leader. Shannon says most ‘Black Dragon’ specimens are not staked after they have been in a landscape for 6 – 12 months.

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