Japanese Umbrella Pine, Koya-Maki
A beautiful, large conifer native to Japan, where it is found in wet montane forests between 500 and 1000m on southern Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. The long, needle-like leaves are arranged in umbrella-like whorls. It is relatively slow growing and produces a very durable wood. It also is a popular ornamental especially in Japan. In cultivation, it is easy to grow, very hardy even to severe freezes and best suited to temperate climates in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. Seeds may benefit from cold stratification for 1-3 months after sowing.