Selected by Sid Waxman, a University of Connecticut professor with an excellent eye and an abiding love of Conifers, 'Wintergreen' is more narrowly conical and slower growing than the species, and its bright green leaves keep their color in winter. Superb as a specimen or as an accent in a shrub border.
A standout among evergreen conifers, the Japanese Umbrella Pine is a small- to medium-size tree (though not a Pine) with dense dark green and glossy needles and striking reddish, exfoliating bark. The whorls of needles resemble the stays of an umbrella, hence the common name. Plants prefer a slightly acid, moist but well-drained soil and a site that is protected from fierce winds. They are slow growing, ultimately assuming a narrow conical shape. Liberty Hyde Bailey called it "one of the most handsome and distinctive of conifers."
For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Sciadopitys verticillata, known as Japanese Umbrella Pine, is a unique evergreen that grows on steep, forested sites in Japan. Its dark whorled foliage and peeling bark add texture to shrub borders and suggest use as a specimen tree.
Light: Plant in full sun or partial shade. Avoid sites with sweeping winter winds.
Soil: Prefers average, moist but well-drained, acid soil (pH 4.5 to 6). Turn a healthy layer of organic matter into the soil before planting.
Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist. Please note that more is not better. When in doubt, don't water.
Continuing Care: Prune as needed during the first several years to maintain a central trunk.