Japanese Umbrella Pine Problems

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Japanese Umbrella Pine Problems
The Japanese Umbrella Pine has been around for 250 million years. (pine tree against the sky in Japanese garden image by Sean Wallace-Jones from Fotolia.com)

The Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) has flourished since the Triassic period, in part because it is resistant to serious diseases and harmful pests. That said, there are a few issues to be aware of with this tree.

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Slow Growing

According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension, it takes about 100 years for the Japanese umbrella pine to reach its full 40-foot height. Do not plant this tree expecting shade next summer.

Susceptible to Cold Damage

Although the Japanese umbrella pine grows in temperate climate and needs the winter cold to flourish, the University of Connecticut Plant Database notes that it is susceptible to wind burn and the dense foliage can trap ice and snow, that can cause further damage. Plant it in sheltered areas, and prune well to thin interior branches.


Japanese umbrella pines are generally difficult to find, and tend to be expensive when you do find them. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture recommends planning the landscape to make the tree an prominent ornament, rather than a repeating element of the design.

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