A low, spreading shrub with unusual upturned ends on the rigid branches. Leaves all needle-like, in 3's, 6-8 mm long, tapering to a point and with the base extending down the stem, pointing forwards; upper surface with a single wide pale band; lower surface with white spots near the base. Plants unisexual. Fruit 8-9 mm wide. Seeds 2-3.
Shrub with upturned branches; needle leaves 6-8 mm long.
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.
Slow growing, low, dense and trailing with short, thick stems. Sometimes used for bonsai. Japanese raised and introduced to the West in the early twentieth century.