Sciadopitys verticillata 'Picola' / Picola Japanese umbrella pine

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Picola' is a dwarf, conical selection of Japanese umbrella pine with short, 2-inch (5 cm) long, shiny, dark-green needles. Because of its short branching, 'Picola' will maintain an attractive dense appearance, a plus for smaller gardens. After 10 years years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 30 inches (80 cm) tall and 15 inches (35 cm) wide, suggested an annual rate of growth of 2.5 inches (8 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1980 by G.D. Böhlje Nursery, Westerstede, Germany. 'Picola' was one of three plants selected in 2012 for inclusion into the ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year Program.

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Picola'
Photo by Herman Geers, Nursery, Boskoop
Sciadopitys verticillata 'Picola' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Sciadopitys verticillata 'Picola' in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk