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Sciadopitys verticillata /Japanese Umbrella Pine

Sciadopitys verticillata   / Sciadopitys verticillata
Overall form of tree with branches growing near the ground
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Overall form of tree with branches growing near the ground

Upright, pyramidal form of young tree

Tree with new foliage in spring

New needles in spring showing their flat shape

Short needles similar to those of shortleaf or spruce pine

Close-up view of foliage

Close-up image of the short, stiff needles

Young tree in an Upstate New York arboretum

Young tree


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Scientific Name: Sciadopitys verticillata
Common Name: Japanese Umbrella Pine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a highly prized tree in Japan. Used primarily as a specimen or accent tree. The hard wood is used for making boats. The yellow pollen cones are borne in tight clusters. The tree which can be multi-trunked produces heavy branching with dense luxuriant foliage (cladodes). The attractive bark is orange-brown. Fossils of this genus go back 230 million years. It is a popular garden tree in Japan. Does not grow in zone 8 and southward. An expensive tree to purchase and difficult to locate one to buy.