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Japanese umbrella pine

Sciadopitys verticillata

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

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