Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook.

Chinese Fir




Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Cunninghamia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: (6)7 to 9

Size: 30 to 75' tall, 10 to 30' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Pyramidal form with drooping branches. Leaves to 3" long, emerald green above, 2 white bands below, arranged in a spiral around the stem. Cones in clusters, to 1.5" around. Needs protection from winds. Moist, acid, well-drained soil. Produces suckers.


'Glauca' - leaves are glaucous, more hardy than the species.


Native to China and Vietnam. Introduced to Britain in 1804 by William Kerr.

Published in Bot. Mag. 54: 2743 in 1827.

Basionym is Pinus lanceolata Lamb. - published in Desc. Pinus.

RHS Award of merit 1977.

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