Japanese Umbrella Pine, Sciadopitys verticillata, Tree Seeds Unique, Rare, Evergreen, Slow Growing and Long Lived, Cold Tolerant, Bonsai
Sciadopitys verticillata is not actually a pine. It is more closely related to Bald Cypress, Dawn Redwood, and Giant Sequoia than pine and looks uniquely different from any other conifer. 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
This small tree is used for its unusual texture and growth habit. The tree will grow very slowly to about 25 to 40 feet tall and spreads about 15 feet. On young plants the branches stick straight out from the single, straight trunk but become more pendulous with age. The tree grows in a tight pyramid which can be utilized in a rock garden or other small residential landscape site. Named for the whorls of shiny, deep-green foliage encircling its branches like the ribs of an umbrella, this evergreen stands out in any crowd.