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 CharacteristicsNamed for the whorls of shiny, deep-green foliage encircling its branches like the ribs of an umbrella, this evergreen stands out in any crowd.
CareGrow in average, moist but well-drained soil in full sun with some shade at midday, or partial shade.
PropagationBecause 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.
- Genus : Sciadopitys
- Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
- Plant Height : 30 feet or more
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
- Light : Full Sun
- Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Slow
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Plant Type : Trees