|Sciadopitys verticillata is an evergreen with a variable growth habit. Broadly pyramidal or spirelike in youth, with age it develops pendulous and spreading branches and an open, loose habit. It is extremely slow growing, 6 inches per year on average. Needles radiate around the stem creating an 'umbrella' like effect. The foliage is dark green and glossy through the seasons. Flowers are inconspicuous, cones are upright 2 to 4 inches long, green in youth, brown when mature. Bark is quite pretty; orangey brown and peeling off in strips, usually hidden by the foliage. It is not subject to disease or pests. It is an excellent accent tree, very distinctive, but can also be used in a border or rock garden. Natural habitat is sheltered, but steep and rocky locations. Native to Japan.