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I would like any infomration on the Japanese Cedar ( Criptomenia) which I want to plant as buffer tree between properties in Middlesex county, Va. What problems can I expect and is this a good bush / tree for this area of Virginia?
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Michael Dirr (guru of woody landscape plants) lists Cryptomeria as "an accommodating tree, graceful, stately and handsome ... a fine evergreen, when properly grown as pretty as any conifer." That's a pretty good endorsement! He lists leaf blight and leaf spot as the only potential problems. Andre suggests 'Yoshino' as one of the best cultivars for our area, saying that this cultivar is less likely to have brown areas as it gets older. Be sure to keep it adequately watered during the first growing season until it becomes established.
Other possibilities are Arborvitae (Thuja; many good cultivars), Foster's Holly (Ilex fosterii), and Carolina Hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana)