Botanical Name:Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera'
Common Name:Japanese red pine, tanyosho pine
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera’ is an elegant plant with a unique combination of ornamental features. It is a slow growing dwarf tree or shrub with soft light green foliage and flaky orange bark on branches that radiate out in an umbrella-like pattern. The cultivar ‘Umbraculifera’ is sometimes listed as ‘Tanyosho’ and goes by a variety of common names including: tanyosho pine, Japanese umbrella pine, and tabletop pine. In addition, there are several other cultivars worthy of landscape use including: Pinus densiflora 'Oculus-draconis’ and Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera Compacta’. The straight species, Pinus densiflora, Japanese red pine, is native to Japan where it is a very common tree. However, the straight species does not grow well in the Chicago area and is rarely seen.
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
Missouri Botanical Garden. Missouri Botanical Garden, n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2014.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Pinus densiflora, Japanese red pine, tanyosho pine
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