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Sciadopitys Genus

Umbrella pine

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Description

Sciadopitys genus (Umbrella pine). This genus consists of one species, of conifer conical tree. It is upright, single-trunked and is very slow growing. As a conifer it is distinguished from other trees and shrubs by producing seeds which are exposed on the scales of fruits. As in most conifers there are woody fruits called cones and needle-like leaves.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Trees

Other common names

Japanese umbrella pine

Origin

Japan

Cultivation

They will prefer a cool climate with cool, moist humus-rich soil, with light shade when their young. You can propagate from seed. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.

Propagation

Seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible.

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