Japanese Umbrella Pine

Sciadopitys verticillata

Family: Sciadopityaceae
Genus: Sciadopitys (sigh-uh-DOP-ih-tiss) (Info)
Species: verticillata (ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Taxus verticillata



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Where to Grow:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Stamford, Connecticut

Westport, Connecticut

Alto, Georgia

Elburn, Illinois

Plainfield, Indiana

Dennis Port, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

East Falmouth, Massachusetts

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Millville, Massachusetts

Princeton, Massachusetts

Westford, Massachusetts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Exeter, New Hampshire

Allentown, New Jersey

Ithaca, New York

Poughkeepsie, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Salisbury, North Carolina

Weaverville, North Carolina

Chesterland, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Jamestown, Rhode Island

Lexington, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

La Conner, Washington

Mukilteo, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

Yelm, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 9, 2018, Womanofthetides from Newport, RI wrote:

I've just moved into a new home in Jamestown, RI that has one of these up against the front porch (facing East) and it is very happy. It is maybe 10' tall. An arborist has advised me to move it before it gets any bigger. I absolutely love it and love the privacy it provides the porch but I suppose I should take the advice. I'm wondering how extensive the root system becomes in order to avoid mangling the waste pipe between the house and the street when transplanted. I'm a bit dumbfounded by the earlier poster that took a few "pieces" from a friend that grew into a "monster". From what I've read, they grow VERY slowly and the are quite difficult to propagate. Perhaps not the same tree?


On Aug 7, 2011, epblj from Millville, MA wrote:

On May 31, 2010, calmauzor from Milford, DE wrote:
"I know I shouldn't laugh, but so many of these comments sounded just like ME! I too, fell in love with this plant when I first saw it and got just a few pieces from a friend. Well, these few pieces have mushroomed into a huge, garden-devouring monster!".................He must have been mistaken about the type of plant/tree when he commented.
I first saw this tree last year when I happened upon a nursery that opens to the public once a year (and that's barely advertised). It was the most unique trees I had ever seen. Their biggest one stood about eight feet tall. I was fortunate that the nursery had smaller trees for sale. I bought one that was only 6" tall for about $15.00. I planted it in with my perennials in rich top so... read more


On May 31, 2010, calmauzor from Milford, DE wrote:

I know I shouldn't laugh, but so many of these comments sounded just like ME! I too, fell in love with this plant when I first saw it and got just a few pieces from a friend. Well, these few pieces have mushroomed into a huge, garden-devouring monster! I still do really like it's looks ... very graceful and pleasing .... but it's no longer welcome in what's left of my flower-bed. I've started first digging it up and then hoeing out all the roots I can possibly find! It totally consumed my bee balm and don't know what else. Don't want it ANYmore!


On Jun 28, 2008, maliq from Princeton, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

We purchased a beautifully landscaped house here on a mountain in Princeton, MA, about a half zone colder than the towns around us, with lots of wind and ice and snow. But with lots of tall oaks and hickories around, we are sheltered.
Two of these trees are on a corner of the house, shading a sun room. They are spectacular. Just about 15 ft each, they catch the eye of everyone who walks the gardens, and no one (myself included) seems to have ever seen one before. The best thing is that their openness prevents their interior from being dark like most other pines. Light permeates, and the ground underneath is clearly visible and accessible to all the garden residents, fuzzy and feathered alike.
A great specimen, or anchor. Totally maintenance free, with a beautiful... read more


On Dec 31, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a unique and beautiful conifer that is a collector's item here in So Cal where it is very marginal except along the constantly cool coast. The tree cannot tolerate HOT DRY SUMMERS (can't comment on humid summers)! Don't waste your money on it if you live in such a climate. It does much better up north. Many have tried to grow this plant in inland southern California with extremely limited success... but it sure is a beauty!!

It has two kinds of leaves- needles and scales along the branches. It makes cones of both sexes on one tree (monoecieous). Here in So Cal it is either bonsaid, or grown as a large shrub or small tree. However, in the mountains of Japan, it can grow up to 120' tall. This tree is so different molecularly and evolutionarily from all other con... read more