Why Buy Our Volume Trees?
- Our volume trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in Scotland which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only)
Large Order Discount
Orders over £1000 may have further discounts added by contacting us or calling 0800 043 1057
Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) aka Sugi
Although strictly speaking not a true cedar, because everyone calls it a Cedar we put in in this category when really it should be in the Cypress family, lets just say it is adopted for now.
Japanese Red Cedar is a very large, vigorous, shade tolerant, evergreen tree that can grow to 70m or more with a >4m wide trunk and can live for a 1000 years in some places. The high quality wood has a red/pink colour with a pleasing scent and is light, strong, waterproof and holds off decay well as some other cedars do. According to the RHS, Japanese Cedar can be coppiced successfully, one of the few conifers that will. This does not make it suitable for hedging as coppicing is very different from pruning.
Younger plants are quite conical in shape but the older ones are more irregular (a bit like humans, we get more irregular the older we get), pendulous and rounded towards the top. Older Japanese Red Cedar can have clear trunks of 10m or more.
Planting Japanese Red Cedar
For fast growing Japanese Red Cedar you should plant in well drained, acidic and deep soils with warm moist conditions. Variations of this will slow the growth rate. Poor and dry soils,cold dry climates and peat or alkaline soils will severely slow the tree down. Areas of UK with more than 1200mm of rainfall are preferable. These usually include Wales or South West England. With the advent of climate warming areas of Western Scotland could be suitable.
Maintaining Japanese Red Cedar
Pruning is part of the Japanese forestry care regime but this maybe more for aesthetic purposes. Possibly needed for branches that have broken under the weight of UK snow.
If the foliage bronzes in cold weather, this is normal.
Other Information On Japanese Red Cedar
Widely cultivated as an ornamental tree, it can be found in Japan, Azores Islands, China, Britain, Europe, North America, and regions of Nepal and India.
Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) is the national tree of Japan which may have been given away by the name. Found close to shrines and temples of Japan.
The pollen shed in February can be problematic to asthma and hay fever sufferers.
The foliage of the Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) is particularly dense and does not let a lot of light through. This makes growth difficult for plants underneath.
Introduced into Britain in 1861 and the RHS gave it the Aware Of Garden Merit in 1993.
Young foliage appears as a pale yellow and Red/brown bark peels in strips, with a bluish green foliage.
Rabbit and Deer Protection
We offer a range of tree shelters that will protect your trees against possible attack. Click on this Tree Protection Link and it will take you to all of these products.
Due to courier unpredictability, we advise having your trees delivered AT LEAST 3 days before you actually need them.
Returning Cell Grown Trees
For Phytosanitary reasons, some cell grown trees cannot be returned to the nursery. A list of plants affected is shown here or download the list here.
Delaying Planting Cell Grown Trees
If you cannot plant straight away, take the trees out of the packaging and stand upright next to each other in a sheltered location outside. November to March, no need to water unless they start to dry out and these would be ok for up to 6 weeks. During Spring and Summer, you can do this for up to 3 weeks.
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
This is a task that can easily be over done. Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
If you are one of those lucky people that lead an eco lifestyle (VERY jealous if you are) and want to buy trees to burn, then maybe our wood burning chart (excel spread sheet) will help you decide. Ash, Eucalyptus Gunnii and Willow are worth looking at for their growth rates and calorific values.
If you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
Adding A Bit Of Colour And Attract Wildlife
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is very attractive, fragrant and attracts more wildlife to your garden. A bit on the vigorous side but worth the effort. A great addition to your project.
Broadleaf wood planting would be around 3m between each tree. Christmas tree planting for a commercial crop is around 1m.
Factors Detrimental To Cell Grown Trees
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
UK Grown Volume Trees
All our volume trees are UK grown and as far as we know because we have never caught one booking a holiday overseas.