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Dragon Prince™ Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar)

(39 customer reviews)

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About Dragon Prince™ Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar)

Add texture and nice, evergreen color to your landscape with Dragon Prince Cryptomeria. Its rounded, compact habit and stiff, light-green foliage make it a versatile addition to the garden. It thrives in full sun, is cold hardy to zone 6, and will grow to 2–3′ H x 3–4′ W.

Dragon Prince™ Cryptomeria Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 6-10

Prefers Full Sun., Although some shade is tolerated, plenty of sun ensures that the Dragon Prince™ has dense, rich light-green foliage.

Water 2-3 times a week for the first growing season. Afterwards, provide supplemental watering 1-2 times a week when rainfall is low.

Plant the Dragon Prince™ in moist, rich, acidic soil for best results. Top-dress the soil underneath your plant with 2-3 inches of compost every year to keep it flush with organic matter.

Fertilize yearly in spring with a balanced, acidic plant fertilizer. For more rapid growth, reapply fertilizer every few months during the growing season.

Dragon Prince™ Spacing Recommendations 

Plant Your Dragon Prince™ 3-4 feet apart for a seamless planting, Otherwise, space them 6-8+ feet apart for gaps between plants.

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Try planting the Dragon Prince™ with vibrantly colored plants such as the Delta Moonlight White Crape Myrtle or the Orange Rocket Barberry


Scientific Name
Cryptomeria japonica 'sPg-3-014'
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Average Size
2–3' H x 3–4' W
Sun Exposure
Bloom Season

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39 reviews for Dragon Prince™ Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar)

  1. Ruth Klingbeil (verified owner)

    Just perfect! These plants arrived just as I viewed them on the website. They were packaged nicely and in great shape. They, so far, are happy at their new home.

  2. LHR (verified owner)

    Excellent plant and very well packed. I’d order again !

  3. Lorene Andersen (verified owner)

    I Order the Dragon Prince, about 1 month ago, it is doing great. It was packed very well.

  4. Carolyn (verified owner)

    Absolutely beautiful and healthy, they arrived without a scratch freshly green. I was looking to adding some evergreen winter interest to the garden. Looking forward to watching them grow. I will definitely be buying more plants here and recommending to others. Thank you for providing top notch plants

  5. Susan (verified owner)

    My plants arrived fast and look great!

  6. Rilla Huettner

    My plant arrived in beautiful condition. The packaging was great, and the service was prompt and careful!

  7. Wayne Holt (verified owner)

    Plant arrived looking good. Anxious to have it root in and begin to grow.

  8. Brenda (verified owner)

    This plant was beautiful. Perfectly shaped and looked so healthy on arrival. Love this plant. Hope it does well in its spot in my garden. Very pleased with this one.

  9. Jerry (verified owner)

    Received 3 shrubs in 4 days. Packaged beautifully and delivered safely by FedEx. Plants were very healthy with full root balls. Size of plants exceeded the specification on the website. I would have selected the 3 bushes at the nursery if I had a choice. Would order from here again.

  10. A Stelzer (verified owner)

    I am extremely pleased with my first shipment from Plants By Mail. I had my eye out for the Dragon Prince Cryptomeria for 2 years and they were not available locally or sold out online. The 2 gallon Dragon Prince arrived intact and very healthy. I had to wait a week due to weather to plant it but it is doing well and I look forward to seeing it grow. It is planted at the entryway garden to my house (on irrigation) and will receive morning sun until about noon during the summer, so I’ll be monitoring to see how it does there. I am in zone 8B, San Antonio TX area (fierce sun in the summer).

  11. Rick Mayers

    10 of my plants have turn completely brown but the rest of them look fine except some of the branches have some brown . Will you replace them ? I can send you photos so you can see some of the plants are dark green but you can see the brown plants in the row of plants

    • Team PBM

      Good morning. Thank you for inquiring about our warrantee information. As can be seen here… we offer a 30 day warrantee on our plants to help customers with transplant shock. As you order was made 5 months ago there is no assistance available for replacement. – Christy

  12. Blane (verified owner)

    Very Very pleased with my plants. They arrived in a timely manner and looked amazing. Planted immediately and they are thieving.

  13. Debra Kosler (verified owner)

    These 2 cryptomerias are so neat looking and beautiful in my containers. They look very healthy and are a good size. Now, if i can just keep them alive here in Texas, zone 8b, because the heat has been so awful. Thank you so much. LOVE THEM!

  14. Rebecca White (verified owner)

    Plants were packed with great care and arrived in perfect condition. They were similar in size and shape – so placement was very easy (no needing to match shapes or sizes). I couldn’t have chosen better myself!

  15. Kevin Lee (verified owner)

    Dragon Prince received looked like a squashed alien head, nothing like the balance form shown on online product page. Would definitely not buy such a poorly formed plant if I did in a local nursery. Thought an online company would have a more discerning eyes when picking and sending out plants. Lesson learned. Use a local nursery

  16. Paula Garcia (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant. Got misty-eyed when it dropped out of the box. Wonderful

  17. Maureen Larican (verified owner)

    These Dragon Prince cryptomeria are so gorgeous. I am so glad I finally decided to get them. Thank you for packing these so well for their long travel (to me) and for the great care of the plants. Plants arrived fast and in great shape. Special thanks to Horttube (Jim Putnam) for putting this on my radar.

  18. Denise Raker

    No issues, arrived fast & very healthy, full bushes that the deer will not eat. And my deer eat everything!

  19. Glenn Sutherland (verified owner)

    Plants arrived looking great. Thanks

  20. Barbara

    great plants nice size for the price, fast delivery

  21. Christine Nicholson (verified owner)

    Very nice little plant, looks healthy with good woody roots already established. Love the evergreen color. Potted it on and put into greenhouse cos right now Tx has snow.

  22. Frankye B Wasson (verified owner)

    The 6 Dragon Prince Cryptomeria that I ordered arrived in excellent condition and are thriving in the ground.

  23. Victor (verified owner)

    12/23/2021 The 6 plants that were shipped were in EXCELLENT condition upon receipt mainly due to the fact that each was in its own box! Kudos once again to Christy, the customer rep, who stood/stands by the company’s products. I appreciated her courteous interactions when addressing my concerns/frustrations. I will MOST definitely be ordering from plantsbymail in the future!

    • Team PBM

      We appreciate you and all our customers! Thank you for your kind words. – Christy

  24. Vic (verified owner)

    12/20/2021 With this being my first order I had really hoped to leave a 4 if not 5 star review, but unfortunately that is not the case. However, before I begin, I do need to thank Christie, the customer rep that I dealt with, via phone and email, for her prompt and courteous attention to my situation. She earnsa 5 rating!

    I had debated whether or not to order on Thanksgiving day knowing that packages prior to the holidays have a tendency to be delayed or lost and while there was no financial incentive to order that day I went ahead anyway. I had contacted local nurseries, but they were completely sold out of the Cryptomeria and would not be getting any until the new year. When I saw these listed on, I wanted to order those before they were out of stock. I ordered seven. The first arrived within days of placing my order. It wasn’t in EXCELLENT condition! Both the plant and box arrived upright and intact. That was not the case when the other six were collectively shipped. The first shipment apparently was lost or misplaced by the shipper. I contacted Christie this first time and she said she would resend the order. The 2nd shipment was sent a day or two later. The 30+ pound box arrived nearly 3 days later after first making its was to northern Georgia and then east of Pensacola over an hour away. With the nursery in Alabama not more than an hour from here I could not understand why it made a convoluted trip. I know that the supplier has little to no control over the route the box took, but the seemingly long delay made little sense to me. When the box finally did arrive late one night about three days after it began its trip, I would have refused it had I made contact with the person who delivered it. It was left upright on my porch when it should’ve been kept flat. The tape holding the box sealed had come apart and there was a lot of soil that had already come out onto the porch. Thinking back I should’ve taken pictures unboxing it, but I was in a rush to open it to see the condition of the plants. They were a mess! Two had fallen into the bottom of the box and one was completely out of the pot. Several also had yellow foliage. A day or two later after planning when I contacted Christie she said it was due to the lack of sunlight. All seven were planted, but I have serious doubts on one or two of these growing. I did contact Christie and she extended the 30 day warranty for another month, but I seriously doubt that may be enough time to determine whether or not these plants will thrive. I think had plans been shipped individually or even impairs the boxes would have arrived in better condition similar to the plant shipped individually. I do realize this is probably not cost-effective for the supplier, but the way the shipper must have treated the box was not conducive for live plants. Unsure if I will order from them in the future. I will wait to see if and when the plants take hold. Thank you once again to Christie. I know the situation was partially beyond your control.

    • Team PBM

      Good morning again Mr Vic. I know it can be frustrating seeing some of our packages arrive. These days we are at the mercy of our carriers. We do sincerely wish to make our customers happy with their purchases. If you don’t see a remarkable difference in the plants please do send me a picture next month and I will be very happy to address a replacement order at that time. -Christy

  25. Gabrielle Crum (verified owner)

    These are really nice. Came in great shape. Doing very well.

  26. mastergardener6606 (verified owner)

    Have these in pots since spring and they are thriving. Great purchase,

  27. candylloyd1610 (verified owner)

    Great shrub and is doing well.

  28. Ai Liew (verified owner)

    Fast Shipping! Very well packed and very healthy plants. But, I ordered 10 of the Dragon Prince™ Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar), it came only 9 of it and substituted 1 with different plant without letting me know. I am happy with the purchased but please do not make your own decision/substitute without let customer know. Thanks.

    • Team PBM

      We do not make substitutions without the customer’s approval. This was a packaging error. Please contact costumer service so they can assist you. 866-618-5659 or [email protected]

  29. Mary Ellen Martin (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy plants !
    Excellent service by Christy!
    Thank you!

  30. Troy Gray (verified owner)

    We were very disappointed in size of the 2 gallon plants. They were more the size of what you would think a 1 gallon plant would be. Nothing like the size shown on the Ytube video.

  31. Suhair Mrayan (verified owner)

    My plants arrived faster than I expected. Healthy and in perfect shape. Very reasonable shipping fees.

  32. Sue (verified owner)

    I received my order today (a day early) and they look sooo amazing! Thank you for promptly answering all my questions. I’m a new home owner, so you’ll soon be hearing from me again. Happy New Year!

  33. Huy Le (verified owner)

    Shipment was very fast. Plant arrived healthy. I’ll buy again.

  34. Beverly Asleson (verified owner)

    I received 2 of these plants in beautiful condition I planted them in my Aqua Pots (Provin Winner) on my front porch which gets sun at noon so far looking good except one is getting burned so I’ll see maybe it just needed more water so I filled the pot.

  35. Patricia Burns (verified owner)

    What a unique shrub. Saw it on a gardening clip on Youtube and really wanted one. Very pleased to find one online. Perfect shape, planted it and it doing well in the sunny spot in my front yard.

  36. Pam (verified owner)

    I ordered 2 plants 2.5 QT size. Plants arrived healthy and are doing very well. Exactly as described. I would have given 5 stars if both plants arrived being approximately the same size. One was much smaller.

  37. Lorraine (verified owner)

    Plants were in pots and arrived in great shape. The box they were shipped in kept the plants safe during shipment. I love these plants. Will definitely buy from them again

  38. John bossler (verified owner)

    Plant came damaged. You extended warranty. I won’t do this again

  39. Ann Granack (verified owner)

    As soon as I saw this Dragon Prince, I just had to have it! I love the fact it is bouncy and soft to the touch, unlike most conifers that poke you. I want to make a Japanese garden on the east side of our house and I picked this shrub for its compact size, density of foliage and naturally mounded shape. It arrived in a timely manner well packaged with a bit of frost burn on some of the tips I’m guessing. No biggy. Just got a little shear. Thanks for letting me get my hands on these!

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