Japanese umbrella-pine is not a true pine, but it is a needled evergreen. In northern Illinois, this tree is marginal and should be planted in protected site. Wind can be a problem in winter, so avoid windy sites.
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Residential and parks
- Medium tree (25-40 feet),
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- May be difficult to find in nurseries
- Attractive bark
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Late winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Tree & Plant Care
Soil must be consistently moist. Protect this tree from wind. Plant in protected sites.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Japan.
Bark color and texture
Bark is exfoliating (peeling); reddish-brown in color.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Evergreen needles, dark green and arranged in clusters that mimic the spokes of an umbrella.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous and not ornamentally important.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Upright, green, oval cones maturing to brown. Up to 4 inches tall.