Sciadopitys verticillata 'Perlenglanz' / Perlenglanz Japanese Umbrella pine

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Perlenglanz' is an upright, bushy variegated selection of Japanese Umbrella pine with new growth appearing apically or entirely pearly-white, depending on light exposure, before hardening off to typical green later in the season. The overall effect in the landscape in quite stunning. Rate of growth in most areas is 6 inches (15 cm) per year resulting in a dense conical dwarf, 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 2.5 feet (70 cm) wide after 10 years in the garden.

Kurt Wittbold-Müller nursery, Verden, Niedersachsen, Germany is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar. It came about as a seedling selected at the nursery in the late 1990s. Translated into English, 'Perlenglanz' roughly means "pearly gloss" in the German language.

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Perlenglanz' at the Edwin Smits Pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits