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Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar

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With its broad pyramidal habit and compact form, Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar fits beautifully in small space gardens. The blue-green needles are resistant to winter bronzing and add a touch of color to the winter landscape. To date, minimal male and female cone production has occurred. Introduced by Plant Introductions, Inc. and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Plant Attributes

The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Chapel View') is a captivating evergreen conifer, native to Japan and revered for its elegant and graceful appearance. Boasting striking foliage, the tree offers an exquisite display of color throughout the year, which has made it a popular choice among gardeners and landscape designers alike. Here, we delve into the plant attributes that make this Japanese Cedar a truly unique and attractive addition to any garden or landscape.

One of the most striking features of the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar is its stunning foliage. The tree's needles are soft, spirally arranged, and slightly flattened, giving the branches an attractive, almost feathery appearance. During the warmer months, the foliage is a vibrant green hue, but as the seasons change, so does the color of the needles. In the colder months, the tree's foliage takes on a more bronze-tinged shade, adding a touch of warmth and depth to the winter landscape.

Growing at a moderate pace, the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar can reach heights of up to 15-20 feet, with a spread of 6-10 feet, making it an excellent choice for smaller spaces or as a privacy screen. Its naturally conical shape and dense branching provide a lovely visual impact in a variety of settings, including suburban yards, urban gardens, and public parks. As a low-maintenance tree, it requires little to no pruning, making it an ideal option for busy gardeners.

One of the reasons the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar is beloved among plant enthusiasts is its adaptability. This hardy tree is able to thrive in a range of soil types, from well-drained clay to sandy loam, and can tolerate varying levels of soil moisture. It prefers full sun to partial shade, but can also adapt to shadier environments, making it a versatile addition to any landscape.

Finally, the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar is also an eco-friendly choice for gardeners and landscapers. As a native species, it supports local wildlife, providing shelter and nesting sites for birds, while also serving as a host plant for various butterfly and moth species. In addition, its evergreen nature contributes to the absorption of carbon dioxide and the production of oxygen, making it a valuable asset in the fight against climate change.

Landscape Use

The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar is a versatile and attractive plant that can be used in various ways within landscaping designs. Its elegant appearance, adaptability, and low-maintenance nature make it a popular choice for a wide range of settings. Here are some landscaping uses for this stunning evergreen conifer:

  1. Privacy screen or windbreak: Due to its dense branching and conical shape, the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar serves as an excellent privacy screen or windbreak. Planting a row of these trees along property lines or as a border can help to create a natural barrier, offering seclusion and protection from the elements.
  2. Specimen tree: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar can be used as a focal point in any landscape. Its unique foliage and year-round color make it a stunning specimen tree that will draw attention and add visual interest to any garden or yard.
  3. Foundation planting: The tree's moderate size and compact growth habit make it well-suited for foundation planting near buildings. Placing a few of these trees alongside a home or other structure can add curb appeal and soften the architectural lines.
  4. Mixed border or garden bed: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar can be combined with other plants in a mixed border or garden bed to create a visually appealing and diverse landscape. Pair it with flowering shrubs, perennials, and other evergreens for a stunning display of color and texture throughout the year.
  5. Urban gardens and public spaces: This tree's adaptability to various soil types and light conditions make it a suitable choice for urban gardens and public spaces, such as parks or city streetscapes. Its relatively small size, low maintenance requirements, and ability to provide year-round interest make it an excellent addition to these settings.
  6. Wildlife habitat: As a native species, the Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar can be used in wildlife-friendly landscapes to provide shelter and nesting sites for birds, while also serving as a host plant for certain butterfly and moth species.
  7. Erosion control: The tree's robust root system can help stabilize soil on slopes or embankments, making it a valuable choice for erosion control projects.

Planting & Care

If you're looking for a versatile and attractive plant that thrives in full sun, look no further than the Chapel View Japanese Cedar. This hardy tree has dense foliage that is rich in color and texture, making it an excellent choice for a variety of landscape settings.

To ensure optimal growth and development, this cedar requires regular watering, especially during the first growing season. Additionally, it needs moist, nutrient-rich soil that is acidic in nature. To help your Chapel View Japanese Cedar thrive over time, be sure to add plenty of compost to the soil on an ongoing basis and apply a balanced fertilizer each spring. With these simple care tips, you can enjoy a vibrant Chapel View Japanese Cedar for years to come!

Planting and caring for a Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Chapel View') is relatively straightforward, thanks to its low-maintenance nature and adaptability to a range of conditions. Here are some guidelines to help you successfully plant and care for this elegant evergreen tree:


  1. Choose the right location: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar thrives in full sun to partial shade. While it can adapt to shadier conditions, planting it in a spot that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day will promote optimal growth and color.
  2. Soil preparation: This tree is adaptable to various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. However, it prefers well-drained soil, so make sure to improve drainage if your chosen site has heavy clay or waterlogged conditions. You can do this by incorporating organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil before planting.
  3. Dig the hole: Dig a hole that is two to three times the width of the root ball and about the same depth. This will provide ample space for the roots to spread out and establish themselves.
  4. Plant the tree: Gently remove the tree from its container, taking care not to damage the roots. Place it in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Fill in the hole with the excavated soil, gently firming it down to eliminate any air pockets.
  5. Water and mulch: Water the tree thoroughly after planting, ensuring that the root ball is well-saturated. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of the tree to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Be sure to leave a gap of a few inches between the mulch and the trunk to prevent rot and pest infestations.


  1. Watering: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar requires moderate moisture, especially during the first few years as it establishes itself. Water it regularly, providing about an inch of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation. Adjust your watering schedule during periods of extreme heat or drought, ensuring that the tree receives adequate moisture.
  2. Fertilizing: Fertilize the tree in early spring with a balanced, slow-release granular fertilizer, following the package instructions for the appropriate amount. This will promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage.
  3. Pruning: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar typically requires little to no pruning, as it naturally maintains a compact, conical shape. However, you may want to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches to maintain the tree's overall health and appearance. Perform any necessary pruning in late winter or early spring, before the new growth begins.
  4. Pest and disease control: The Chapel View™ Japanese Cedar is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, keeping the tree healthy through proper watering, fertilizing, and pruning practices can help prevent any potential issues. Monitor the tree for signs of pests or diseases and address any problems promptly.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 5-10'
  • Width: 4-8'
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Heat Zone: 9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Habit: Broad Pyramidal
  • Foliage: Bright Green

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