The Japanese Umbrella Pine (i.e. Sciadopitys Verticillata) is considered a living fossil as it has remained genetically unchanged for nearly 250 million years and is the last surviving member of both its genus and family.
Japanese Umbrella Pines are located in some of the most prestigious gardens and arboreta in the world. Our trees can be found at Hudson Yards in New York City, Carnegie Mellon University, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and Vassar College. We are thrilled to now be making our collection widely available and hope to find similarly notable locations for each and every one of them.
Japanese Umbrella Pines thrive in Zone 5 through 8a. Because of their numerous tendril-like roots, they transport and transplant easily. They are low maintenance, virtually untouched by deer, and are not known to be affected by diseases or pests. In addition to being one of the most eye catching specimen trees, they are excellent for screening and for planting in a grove.
Lorens Fasano grew up on a farm in northern New Jersey with stands of forest, open fields, ponds, and gardens, which he and his brothers helped their father create. Lorens credits his father, and the time they spent working the land together, with his love of horticulture. He attended Vassar College, where his love of trees was nurtured on a campus featuring a botanical garden, farm, and ecological preserve. Lorens then attended the acclaimed Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science earning a Masters of Forest Science in 1983.
Not long after graduating, Lorens was presented with the rare opportunity to acquire 550 Japanese Umbrella Pines (i.e. Sciadopitys Verticillata). Though he was familiar with the species from his studies, seeing them he fell in love with their rare beauty, resilience, and ancient pedigree. Without hesitation, he purchased the entire lot and carefully planted them on his family’s 82 acre farm, where he has been caring for them since.
Lorens has now been diligently tending them for the past 25 years, raising them in organic soil, using all of his experience and education, and applying the most environmentally conscious growing methods to produce these beautiful specimens. Due to his foresight and a quarter century of tireless dedication, he now has what is believed to be the largest stand of mature Japanese Umbrella Pines in North America, with 340 specimens remaining. Lorens has also grown to be a recognized North American expert on this rare species.
Approaching retirement age, Lorens has recognized that he will not be able to care for the trees indefinitely and has decided to make his entire collection available for sale. To that end, he has painstakingly measured, photographed, and numbered each tree, as to him they are each special and unique. The trees are being marketed to colleges and universities, botanical gardens, and leading landscape architects for use in prominent design projects. Each tree will be sold, and when the 340 are gone, there will be no more available.
Though Lorens has never offered these trees to the public, a limited number of people have heard about him and his trees by word of mouth and have sought him out. As a result his Japanese Umbrella Pines now stand at Vassar College, Hudson Yards, Carnegie Mellon University and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Lorens hopes to find similarly good homes for the remainder of his trees, where they will be cared for and appreciated just as he has done for the past quarter of a century.
The trees have been carefully cultivated on a picturesque 82 acre farm in northern New Jersey. This property has been in the grower’s family for over 50 years and has been maintained organically, free of pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. As the photos illustrate, the farm features ponds, creeks and forests, as well as 340 lovingly maintained Japanese Umbrella Pines.