Sciadopitys verticillata 'Joe Kozy'

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


Linda Butler

Desire an umbrella pine cultivar to memorialize a graduate of a college in central Ohio, USDA zone 6a. It will be planted in an open area on the front lawn of the campus so would like one that will grow to a large size. Hopefully you can recommend a cultivar and, perhaps, where to buy one that is B and B. When is the best time of year to plant one?