Broadly conical and stiff...stiff...STIFF!
Sun and well drained soils. Is doing well at the National Arboretum. Possibly more heat tolerant than some give it credit.
Specimen tree in formal gardens or used for its distinctive habit.
Alternate, radially arranged around the stem, .25 to .5 inches long. Foliage is stiff and plastic-like, with white bands beneath.
Buds are globose and resinous, small.
Smooth in youth, becoming rougher with age.
Seed cones (to 5 inches) long emerge greenish pink to purple, maturing to brown.
Cone, sessile, .75 inches, light brown.
Seed, cultivars are grafted.
'Aurea' - yellow foliage.
'Glauca' - distinct steel blue color.