Growing Sciadopitys (Japanese Umbrella Pine)

Latin Name Pronunciation: sigh-uh-dop'ih-tiss 

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.