Sciadopitys verticulata (Japanese Umbrella Tree)
A distinctive Japanese conifer that we only occasionally have in stock. It’s greatest value is when clipped into balls, blobs and mushrooms – a unique texture is created. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Green
Koyamaki, or Japanese umbrella-pine, a very attractive evergreen tree and is popular in gardens, despite its slow growth rate, it's a unique conifer endemic to Japan. It can get to 15 - 27m tall and the main shoots bear whorls of long felxible cladodes - they look like and perform the function of leaves, but are actually composed of stem tissue. The small cones mature in about 18 months, and have flattish scales that open to release the seeds.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
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