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Japanese Umbrella Pine

(Sciadopitys Vericillata)

Our Japanese Umbrella Pines are available online in1Lt pots priced at £19.95

from https://www.toddsbotanics.co.uk/ larchfield-trees-acer-specialists/

Japanese Umbrella Pine are a very slow growing long lived tree.

These are 5 year old trees and can be grown in a container or in the ground,

in sun or shade. They will grow in most soils that are moisture retaining and well

drained and are lime tolerant. The new growth is a bright green and is slowly

emerging from May until August when it will form darker umbrella shaped rosettes.

Being the only surviving member of the Sciadopitys verticillata family these 1 Lt trees are  grown from seed but there are many other varieties that are grafted onto the original seedling understock some of these varieties are shown below.

Sciadopitys verticillata

Eifell Tower

Sciadopitys verticillata

Sternschnuppe (Shooting Star)

These two grafted varieties are approximately 10 years old and are available in 5Lt pots

at £49.95 each from:

https://www.toddsbotanics.co.uk/ larchfield-trees-acer-specialists/


An excellent evergreen companion plant for Japanese Maples

Grows in a conical style and has a paler stripe on the underside of the needles. More of an open style than Sternschnuppe.

Also grows in a conical style but has a more structural habit with an abundance of rosettes giving the affect of shooting stars.  Slightly more compact than Eifell Tower.

Larger Varieties

Fascinating Facts about Umbrella Pines

Did you know!!

The third ice age destroyed the many known species of Umbrella pines but the warm volcanic soils of the Kiso valley in Japan managed to sustain the one and only unique species now known as Sciatopitys Verticillata

Fossil records show that it dates back 230 million years and is classed as a "living fossil"

The Japanese name is "Koyo-maki"

It is a sacred tree in Japan and has been worshipped for hundreds of years, a Buddhist temple now standing in the area of the original sacred tree

It is slow growing and monoecious (self pollinating) which contributes to its rarity


Legend has it that stroking the whorls will result in conceiving healthy children

Due to its natural rot-resistant and waterproof properties it has been used in ship building

As the tree ages it can produce cones which remain on the tree for up to 18 months before the seeds ripen. All named varities have to be grafted onto 3-4 year old seedling trees

New cones forming in April will produce seed in 18 months time