Cryptomeria japonica 'Kilmacurragh' / Japanese cedar of Kilmacurragh

Cryptomeria japonica 'Kilmacurragh' is a flattened-globose, dwarf selection of Japanese cedar with irregular branching and numerous fasciations at the branch ends. Foliage is a combination of adult and juvenile foliage that is colored medium green during the growing season, becoming bronze with the onset of winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 24 inches (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in Kilmacurragh, Rathdrum, Country Wicklow, Ireland. Humphrey Welch first published the name and described the plant in his 1966 book, Dwarf Conifers: A Complete Guide. The nature of this conifer's origin is unfortunately unknown. Many describe this conifer as a dwarf from of C. japonica 'Cristata.'

Cryptomeria japonica 'Kilmacurragh' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
Cryptomeria japonica 'Kilmacurragh' — an 8-year old plant in a commercial nursery display garden in California.
Photo by Singing Tree Gardens Nursery

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