Umbrella Pine Tree

I love this tree. It’s unlike any other tree that I know. Rarity lends it interest. The name gives it importance. Sciadopitys verticillata, doesn’t it just roll off the tongue?   Skiados is Greek for umbel and pitys means fir tree. Verticillata means whorled.  A perfect description for the Japanese Umbrella Tree.  I want to be in that upper tower of the horticultural library where plants are … Continue reading Umbrella Pine Tree

Japanese Umbrella Pine

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 … Continue reading Japanese Umbrella Pine