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.
RHS Award of merit 1977.