A tree growing to about 10 m tall in the wild. Leaves in opposite pairs alternating at right angles at slightly different levels but appearing to be in 4's, flattened and mostly 2-4 mm long, pointed. Branchlets flattened, divided 3 times. Cones about 2.5 cm long, more or less spherical. A rarely cultivated conifer that will grow satisfactorily in Melbourne.
S China, Laos, Vietnam.
NSW: Mt Tomah (Bot. Gds c. 4 m tall in 1993). VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, young plant in the Chinese Bed c. 3 m tall in 1994); Lavers Hill (Otway Ridge Arboretum).
Source: (1995). Cupressaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.