tree with evergreen upright branchlets of needle leaves that grow in spirals
AKA Koyo-maki (Japan)
- evergreen tree
- very slow-growing and upright
- fibrous red-brown bark
- whorls of dark-green needle like leaves
- small oval cones
W 4-8 m
Info: many known species of Umbrella pines were destroyed in the third ice age but the warm volcanic soils of the Kiso valley in Japan sustained the one species: Sciatopitys Verticillata. Classed as a “living fossil”as records show that it dates back 230 million years
“Koyo” (紅葉) refers to the autumn leaf colour changes but this is an evergreen tree!
Notes: Purchased mail order 2020 to pot up for the proposed Japanesque garden design
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