Japanese umbrella pine

Sciadopitys verticillata

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata)
Genus:  Sciadopitys
This glorious conifer constitutes the sole member of both its genus and plant family. It is without a peer in its beauty; on a mature specimen, its rich needles compose a sculpture of form, texture, and color that is unrivaled. The foliage develops a bronzy tint in winter. While it often grows to 30 feet in cultivation and 90 feet in the wild, its slow-growing nature inspires patience.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Named for the whorls of shiny, deep-green foliage encircling its branches like the ribs of an umbrella, this evergreen stands out in any crowd.
Care:  Grow in average, moist but well-drained soil in full sun with some shade at midday, or partial shade.
Propagation:  Because of its slow growth it is best to purchase a sizable plant if possible. Sow seed in spring and root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Formal Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Trees

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