This unique tree was featured in several displays at the NW Flower and Garden Show. Sciadopitys verticillata, or the Japanese Umbrella Pine, has lustrous, thick dark green needles that spread in whorls from the ends of the branches. Once you see this tree, you won’t forget it, it’s unlike anything else, this living fossil. It makes a great container tree, only growing about 6 inches per year. Mature trees reach 20 to 30 feet and grow best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Endemic to Japan it’s called Koyamaki in that part of the world.