Sciadopitys verticillata'Joe Kozy' is fast-growing selection of Japanese Umbrella pine with a unique, very fastigiate growth habit which is almost like a telephone pole. It has long narrow glossy green needles at the ends of its branches and makes a useful accent plant. It also does not have the tendency of other cultivars of this species to turn from green to bronze in the winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will stand 6 feet (2 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).
This cultivar as seedling introduced in 1986 by Sidney Waxman of from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Sciadopitys verticillata 'Joe Kozy' at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, July, 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin