Plant Care Sciadopitys


About Sciadopitys

It prefers rich moist, well-drained soil and an open location. It is not drought or air pollution tolerant. When in its youth, the form is spire-like to broadly pyramidal. As it ages, it is straight with horizontal branches in whorls.


Sciadopitys verticillata

Also known as

Japanese umbrella pine, Japanese umbrella pine, Koyamaki, Kōyamaki, Japanese umbrella-pine and Sciadopityaceae

How to care for Sciadopitys


How often to water your Sciadopitys

Water needs for Sciadopitys
0.5 cups
every 9

Sciadopitys needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Sciadopitys

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Japanese umbrella pine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sciadopitys: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Sciadopitys love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Sciadopitys does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sciadopitys in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Sciadopitys

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sciadopitys: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sciadopitys after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Sciadopitys is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Sciadopitys



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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