Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer with dark green needles. They are glossy, 5-12 cm long and grow in whorls of 15-20. They are borne at the shoot-tips like the spokes of an umbrella, hence it name.
In Japan it grows some 10m tall, however, in our climate you can count on 2-4m, conditions pending, and not more that 2m wide. Its shape is strictly pyramidal though it may need several years to develop a central leader that will make the tree look symmetrical.
It will be happiest in semi-shade or filtered sun. The soil should be moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic. Reasonable fertilizing will help it grow strong and keep a good colour, excess fertilizing may result in too long shoots that will be damaged by frosts. Full hardy to min. -29C, perhaps more.
Supplied in 5 litre pot 40-50cm high