Herb: Umbrella Pine

Latin name: Sciadopitys verticillata

Family: Sciadoptyaceae

Description of the plant:


15 m
(49 feet)


Habitat of Umbrella Pine:


Other uses of the herb:

An oil obtained from the wood is used for varnishes and dyes. Wood - soft, elastic, water-resistant. Used for boats etc.

Propagation of Umbrella Pine:

Seed - requires 3 months cold stratification and so it can be sown in a cold frame either as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in January. Only cover the seed lightly and place the pot in a sunny position. The seed can be difficult to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. The seedlings are very slow-growing and take about 3 years to reach 30cm tall so be sure to mulch them well and perhaps give them some protection such as a tree guard made from a plastic bottle with its top and bottom removed.

Cultivation of the herb:


Medicinal use of Umbrella Pine:

None known

Known hazards of Sciadopitys verticillata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.