Dwarf Japanese Cedar | Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'

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Dwarf Japanese Cedar | 'Globosa Nana' Cryptomeria

The landscape pictures in the listing are taken at our nursery and are 7 years old..... Pruned only once in 7 years!

One of the most sought after "low care" plants on the market!

Unleash the splendor of nature in your own garden with our dwarf Japanese cedar. Revered by garden enthusiasts for its aesthetic appeal, this dwarf cryptomeria, also known as the Japanese cedar dwarf, adds an element of oriental charm and elegance to any landscape. Its compact size, coupled with its beautiful globe-shaped silhouette, makes this cryptomeria dwarf a magnificent addition to your diverse plant collection. Identified in Japan as ‘Globosa Nana,’ this dwarf Japanese cedar tree is a captivating focal point in any horticulture design due to its unique structure and verdant foliage. Enrich the allure of your green sanctuary with our dwarf japenese cedar, a relic of Japanese architecture and a standout among cedar varieties.

Be prepared to be enchanted by the globosa nana cryptomeria, commonly known as the dwarf Japanese cedar. This unique variety of globe cryptomeria boasts a compact structure perfect for landscaping. The charm of the dwarf globe Japanese cedar lies in its aesthetic appeal, with the globosa nana dwarf cryptomeria mesmerizing plant enthusiasts with its extraordinarily lustrous green foliage. However, be wary of potential cryptomeria globosa nana problems, such as overgrowth, which can be managed deftly by regular pruning of cryptomeria. Should the regular maintenance of these enchanting beauties be an issue, you can find a cryptomeria globosa nana near you, that would be better adapted to local conditions. The cryptomeria japonica globosa nana is no different – a subspecies of the Japanese cedar dwarf that boasts equal charm. Revel in the glory of cryptomeria globe plants and allow their grandeur to transform your living space. Enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the cryptomeria globe nana, the perfect addition to any space in need of a dash of serene green.

Dwarf Japanese Cedar or 'Globosa Nana' is an evergreen shrub with soft, bluish-green needles that spiral around slender branchlets. It is a very compact variety of cedar, growing 3 – 4 feet both tall and wide. This evergreen conifer grows into a globe shape without any pruning or shaping; it is beautiful in all seasons and can shift in color, turning from yellow green in summer months to blue-green or rusty red in winter months.

It is a wonderful choice for a low-maintenance, sphere-shaped topiary. It has small, spherical, rosette-shaped cones growing less than an inch in size, which are a delightful addition to the plant. It also boasts showy, reddish exfoliating bark. This variety of cedar is small enough to be a container plant, or it can be planted as small hedge of shrubs, added as a welcoming entryway on either side of a front door or patio entrance, or used in any landscaping project.

The Dwarf Japanese Cedar 'Globosa Nana' is very easy to grow and care for but is a slow grower, only gaining about 3 – 4 inches per year. It does best in full sun or partial sun and is tolerant of most soil types. It is very hardy plant but should protected from harsh, drying winds. It grows in zones 5 – 9 and needs very little trimming or pruning. Trimming the dead branchlets within the interior of the plant helps keep it performing at its best, but overall, it does not need to be shaped or trimmed back to retain its flowing, spherical shape. It resists deer, pests, and diseases and is resilient against drought, making it a very hardy plant and a perfect choice for any garden.


  1. Light Requirements: The Dwarf Japanese Cedar thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is important to provide it with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and foliage color. However, it can tolerate some shade, especially during hot afternoon hours.

  2. Soil and Moisture: This variety of Cryptomeria prefers well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to neutral in pH. It is essential to ensure that the soil remains consistently moist, especially during the plant's establishment period. However, be cautious not to overwater, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Regular watering during dry periods is necessary, but allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

  3. Temperature and Hardiness: The Dwarf Japanese Cedar is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures but prefers cool to moderate climates. Protect the plant from extreme heat or cold, as it may cause stress or damage.

  4. Pruning: This shrub has a naturally compact and rounded shape, requiring minimal pruning. However, you can trim any dead or damaged branches as needed to maintain its overall appearance and health. Prune during the dormant season, preferably in late winter or early spring.

  5. Fertilization: Regular fertilization is not typically necessary for the Dwarf Japanese Cedar. However, if you notice slow growth or pale foliage, you can apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer formulated for evergreen shrubs in early spring. Follow the package instructions for application rates. Fertilize in early spring with our HICOTE 360 day slow release fertilizer for maximum growth and plant health. 

  6. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or bark, around the base of the plant. Mulching helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weed growth, and regulates soil temperature.

  7. Pests and Diseases: The Dwarf Japanese Cedar is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common issues like spider mites or scale insects. Regular inspection and prompt treatment, if necessary, will help maintain the plant's health.

  8. Container Growth: The Dwarf Japanese Cedar can be grown in containers, making it suitable for small gardens or patios. Ensure that the pot has good drainage and use a high-quality potting mix. Follow the same care guidelines, providing sufficient sunlight, water, and occasional fertilization.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy a healthy and visually appealing Dwarf Japanese Cedar, which will enhance the beauty of your garden or landscape. Remember to monitor the plant's growth and adapt the care routine as needed to ensure its well-being.

Landscape Uses 

One of the key landscape uses of the Dwarf Japanese Cedar is as a specimen plant. Its unique shape and texture make it a standout feature, drawing attention and adding visual interest to any garden or landscape. Planted as a singular accent, it can create a sense of structure and balance in the overall design.

The dense foliage of the Globosa Nana Cryptomeria also makes it an excellent choice for creating low hedges or borders. When planted in a row, its compact form forms a tidy, evergreen barrier that adds a touch of formality to the landscape. The rich green color of its foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for other plants and flowers, allowing them to stand out and create a vibrant display.

Furthermore, the Dwarf Japanese Cedar is often used in rock gardens or Asian-inspired landscapes, where its unique appearance complements the natural stone elements and adds a touch of tranquility. Its slow growth rate and compact size make it well-suited for container gardening, allowing you to bring a touch of elegance and evergreen beauty to patios, decks, or balconies.

Overall, the Dwarf Japanese Cedar, or Globosa Nana Cryptomeria, offers versatility in landscape design. Whether used as a specimen plant, low hedge, or container plant, its compact form, lush foliage, and year-round greenery make it an exceptional addition to any garden, providing visual appeal and a touch of serenity. 


Our processing time usually is 1-3 days after receiving the order. Orders taken after 4:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday will be shipped the following Monday.


The Plant Factory, Inc. offers the very best shipping processes to ensure quick, safe, and near-perfect results every time. Cold and heat may deter your order temporarily until it is safe to receive and plant your plants/trees in your area. At our discretion, we will hold order till the threat is gone ensuring you with the healthiest-viable product ordered.

Summer - Above 95 degrees | Winter - Below 34 degrees

Plant Highlight

● Growing Zone: 5 – 9
● Plant Brand:The Plant Factory's Choice
● Botanical Name: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’
● Foliage Color: Bright green to bluish green
● Flower Color: Coppery brown cones
● Flower Fragrance: None
● Fall Color: Green to Coppery bronze
● Type: Conifer, evergreen
● Mature Height: 3 – 4 feet
● Mature Width: 3 – 4 feet
● Growth Rate: Slow
● Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Sun
● Soil Needs: Prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil
● Water Needs: Low to moderate water once established  
● Pruning Needs: Remove dead or damaged branchlets
● Awards:
● Grown by: The Plant Factory

  • Pollinator Friendly: No
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Reblooming: No
  • Cold and Heat Tolerant: Yes

Note: We put pictures and videos on our site to best represent our products, as an example of our quality as a grower.  You may, however receive a smaller or larger plant than pictured depending on the season you buy. You may or may not get a plant blooming as shown on our site.  We usually trim off blooms because they do not ship well. Your purchase of our plants should be considered an investment in your future garden and enjoy the process of growing it to its full potential.

Why The Plant Factory, Inc is a good choice?

Our plants are grown at our nursery. Our experienced staff use the best horticultural practices to ensure our plants are of the utmost health and quality. We select your plants as if we were buying them ourselves. Our standard goals are to exceed our customers’ expectations. We pride ourselves for great “out of the box” experiences with hassle-free customer service and quick resolutions.

Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation. No other additional, extended or long-term Warranty is expressed or implied. Minor broken branches and some leaf discoloration is considered cosmetic and normal for shipping plants through the mail. Keep in mind when if this happens these minor issues will not affect the health of your plants and trees. Loose soil does not qualify for any warranty replacement. Simply put back in container and water thoroughly, let rest for a few days and then replant.