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Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese umbrella pine)

Sciadopitys verticillata Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sciadopitys verticillata Common Name: Japanese umbrella pine 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.
Height Over 30 ft.
Spread 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
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 Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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