Small tree. Bark forming a mosaic of small scales like alligator skin. Needle leaves 3-6 mm long in whorls of 3, spreading, concave with 1 white band above and dorsal gland releasing white resin dots, the base extending down the stem. Scale leaves 1-1.2 mm long. Fruit 8-12 mm wide, red-brown, waxy blue, ripening in the second year. Seeds mostly 4.
SW Texas to Mexico.
Alligator-skin-like bark. White resin dots on back of waxy-white leaves.
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.
Blue-foliaged with mostly scale leaves. A warm climate cultivar suited to Australia. There is some uncertainty about the placement of this cultivar with this species which does not usually have adult foliage. Raised Barbier &Co., OrlÃÂÂ©ans, France. Vic: Dandenongs ('Pirianda'). act: Yarralumla (Government House, adjacent to House); Westbourne Woods.