The Japanese Umbrella pine was chosen as a 1991 Gold Medal Plant by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for being a plant of exceptional merit, but underused in landscaping. Some shade in mid-day produces the best plants in the southern part of its range. The orange, peeling bark on older plants is quite attractive but is usually hidden by the foliage. Provide a moist, acidic soil and protection from the wind. Most trees in gardens are small due to the slow growth rate but there is one report of a tree more than 100 years old.
‘Wintergreen’ stays green even in the coldest of winters. ‘Joe Kozey’ has a narrow canopy.
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