Sciadopitys verticillata 'Cynthia Waxman' / Cynthia Waxman Umbrella-pine

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Cynthia Waxman' is a tidy, dwarf, perfectly conical selection of Japanese Umbrella-pine with dense symmetrical branching and short, thick needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1990s and named by Dr. Sidney Waxman of Storrs, Connecticut, USA. This conifer is named in honor of Dr. Waxman's daughter-in-law. Many consider this conifer the best of Sidney Waxman's many great plant selections.

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Cynthia Waxman' — a 35-year-old specimen in Dennis Dodge's garden in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Photo by Dax Herbst