Help !!! -Japanese Umbrella Pine(Sciadopitys verticillata

marilyninconnecticut(5aCT)August 25, 2008

Help!! My husband pruned the tip of my Japanese Umbrella Pine as he claims he didn't realize it was a tree! It was about 6 ft. tall with a beautiful shape - perfectly conical. Now, it's a little over 5 ft. tall and missing it's tip - it's a little rounded at the top. What will become of it - will it eventually regain it's pretty shape? I was so depressed over this as I love this tree!

Thanks, Marilyn

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eukaryote(Kansas City, MO z6)

Sorry to hear about your Sciadopitys, that would really bite, especially on a nice six foot specimen. My partner got careless with the weed-whacker this summer around mine, and I wasn't too pleased, but that was just minor damage. I'm not an expert, but I would imagine that it will grow another leader eventually. It will probably take a while before it has a nice pyramidal shape again though.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 5:31PM
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I'm sorry to hear about your unbrella pine.
It will take years and years for the tree to correct itself.
THat is exactly why my hubby isn't allowed to touch anything in my garden.
He isn't allowed to touch the weed whacker either.
I always wanted an unbrella pine, but couldn't afford a tree of any height at all, so I give up on the idea.
The next time you buy an expensive plant or shrub or tree, tell him the price right before you plant it.
Tell him, so don't touch it.
Hope it grows back for you!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 11:42PM
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It will produce one or more new leaders. The important thing is to select a single leader in a couple of years, and prune the others out, so you don't get a forked tree. I've seen this happen over here with one that lost its top in a storm several years ago, it produced several leaders which then started breaking off in subsequent storms.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 4:37AM
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I still don't understand the logic of, "Look, a plant! I must cut various parts off of it for reasons I can't really explain!" I don't think I'm alone when I say that I find yews a lot more attractive, for instance, when they're not box-shaped.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 12:38AM
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A ex-neighbor of mine has what I swear is a Japanese umbrella pine but it's not conical at all. It's about 4-5' tall and about 6' wide and very open -- not dense at all. I find it quite beautiful and would love to replicate it in my garden. It must be heavily pruned but when I questioned the owner about it she seemed totally clueless. She's the only person I've seen tending the yard so I'm pretty sure she doesn't have someone else pruning and training the specimen. I was told at one garden center that there are both tree and shrub versions of the Japanese Umbrella Pine but I can find no evidence of this in my online searching. I've moved away from the neighborhood but if I ever get back there I will take a photo and post it. I would appreciate any information that might help me identify this shrub on the chance that it is not an umbrella pine.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 11:23PM
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My Japanese Umbrella Pine is about 11' high made up of five main trunks. In May I lost one of the trunks and now I am losing another. It has bin in this location for 12 or more years. When we have a really heavy rain it does puddle around on both sides. It starts out browning until that whole trunk is dead. What may be the problem? Do I need to grade the water away or is it something else? Is there any thing I can do now to save this trunk?


    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 11:35AM
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