Definition of umbrella pine in US English:

umbrella pine

noun

  • 1

    another term for stone pine
    • ‘The vegetation, especially the characteristic umbrella pine set before the beautiful bay, indelibly marks the Mediterranean location.’
    • ‘A beautiful umbrella pine is silhouetted against a yellow sky, and the bay indicates human presence with several jetties.’
    • ‘The hills are covered in umbrella pines and oak trees, and the air smells of jasmine and mimosa.’
    • ‘After watching the sun slanting through the umbrella pines and glistening on the flagstones of the Decumanus maximus (Ostia's main drag), it's back into Rome to meet up with wife, daughter and friends in Campo de’ Fiori.’
    • ‘Carter is a great believer in the Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens stricta), found all over Tuscany, and the umbrella pine, its constant companion.’
  • 2A tall Japanese evergreen conifer related to the redwoods, with leaves growing in umbrella-like whorls.

    Sciadopitys verticillata, family Taxodiaceae

    • ‘The Japanese umbrella pine is not a pine at all but a coniferous evergreen.’
    • ‘Japanese umbrella pine is a living relic predating the age of the dinosaurs.’
    • ‘Browse pictures and read growth / cultivation information about Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) supplied by member gardeners.’
    • ‘By the later first century AD, many farmsteads were cultivating coriander and opium poppies, and trees such as cherry, plum, and perhaps umbrella pine were grown.’
    • ‘The town has two great woods of umbrella pines which give welcome shade at midday.’