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Japanese Umbrella Pine Sciadopitys verticillata 10 Seeds USA Company

Japanese Umbrella Pine Sciadopitys verticillata 10 Seeds USA Company

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Sciadopitys verticillata, commonly known as the Japanese umbrella pine, is a unique and ancient coniferous tree native to Japan. It belongs to the family Taxodiaceae and is the only species within the genus Sciadopitys. Here are some key features and information about Sciadopitys verticillata:

Appearance: Sciadopitys verticillata has a distinctive appearance, characterized by its whorled branches with dense clusters of dark green, needle-like leaves. The leaves are arranged in umbrella-like whorls at the ends of the branches, giving the tree its common name, "Japanese umbrella pine."

Growth Habit: This tree typically grows slowly, reaching a height of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 meters) in cultivation, although in its native habitat, it can grow taller. It has a pyramidal to conical shape when young, becoming more irregular with age.

Cultural Significance: Sciadopitys verticillata has cultural significance in Japan, where it is often planted in temple gardens and other traditional landscapes. It has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and is considered a living fossil, as it has remained relatively unchanged for millions of years.

Habitat: In the wild, Sciadopitys verticillata is found in mountainous regions of central and southern Japan, where it grows in moist, well-drained soils. It prefers cool, temperate climates with regular rainfall.

Horticultural Use: In addition to its cultural significance, Sciadopitys verticillata is valued as an ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes around the world. It is appreciated for its unique appearance and evergreen foliage, which provides year-round interest.

Growing Conditions: When grown in cultivation, Sciadopitys verticillata prefers a site with well-drained soil and partial shade. It is relatively low-maintenance once established but may require protection from strong winds in exposed locations. Hardy in zones 5-9.


Growing Instructions for the Japanese Umbrella Pine


The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seed in water for 24 hours. 2. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3 months. 3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 4. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 5. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 6. Water the container and leave it to drain. 7. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 8. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 9. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.


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