Sciadopitys – Japanese Umbrella pine –

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comes 3-4′, 4-5′, 5-6′ feet tall and wide

Sciadopitys – Japanese Umbrella Pine –

This sole species of a very slow growing evergreen, coniferous tree makes up this genus. Found naturally occurring in forest and very steep, rocky sites in Japan. It has peeling, red brown bark, and the glossy, linear leaves, sometimes in fused pairs are borne in whorls at the shoot tips, like the spokes of an umbrella. Cones mature in about 18 months and have flattish scales. Use as a specimen tree for its unusual radiating foliage. S. verticillata can add texture to a landscape planting, border, or large rock garden.

Grow in humus rich, moderately fertile, moist, but well drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil, in full sun with some midday shade, or in partial shade.