Sciadopitys verticillata 'COMPACTA'

Sciadopitys verticillata
Sciadopitys verticillata 'COMPACTA'
Japanese umbrella pine
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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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.

Compacta is a new and still little known variety of Japanese umbrella pine. It forms an almost spherical shape without a central leader. It grows more slowly than the species and its ultimate height is estimated at about 2m. Though it is called a pine, it does not belong to the genus. Some even say it has a lot in common with Mesozoic and Cainozoic horse-tails.

It will be happiest in semi-shade or filtered sun. You can place it in full sun, too, and provide some midday shade. Though, we grow it in full sun and it does pretty well. In winter it gains bronze colour which is its protection from the cold. 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. -29°C, perhaps more (USDA zone 5).

Last update 07-09-2009.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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