japanese umbrella 2 Japanese umbrella pine - Sciadopitys verticillata

The Japanese umbrella pine is the only member of its genus and species with no living relatives.  A fossil tree that is recorded  as existing 230 million years ago, it is now threatened in the wild.  Endemic to Japan where it is sacred, it is quite popular in gardens because of its amazing looks.

Its leaves are actually composed of stem tissues.  It can grow up to 27 metres tall.  There are lots of wild collected seedlings in the nursery at Bedgebury.