A large deciduous conifer with narrow conical outline and light ascending branches. This tree was thought to be extinct until 1941 when it was discovered in south-west China. Until then we had only seen fossil evidence of its existence.
Fruit: Closed cones.
Bark: Conspicuous reddish-brown peeling off in lengthways stripes.
Leaves: Deciduous needle-like. Soft and feathery.
Autumn colour: Reddish-brown to orange.
Ultimate height: 20-30m.
Uses: Specimen tree – unusual as it is the only remaining species in this genus.