Sciadopitys verticillata, the Japanese umbrella pine, is the sole species in this genus. It is a landscape tree with many fine attributes: peeling, reddish brown bark; shiny leaves in whorls that look like the spokes of an umbrella; and a conical habit. It can reach 30 to 70 feet tall. Grow as a specimen, in a border, or in a large rock garden. May need trained in its first several years to produce a central leader.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen. Peeling, reddish brown bark. Glossy leaves in whorls.
CareGrow in full sun with some shade in the middle of the day, or in partial shade. Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil.
PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring, or take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Before transplanting seedlings, soak them in water to improve rooting, as they are slow to establish.