A large, rugged tree to 50 m (170 ft.) tall, with a massive trunk to 2 m (7 ft.) in diameter. The long, spreading or ascending branches give it a very special character, somewhat reminding of a pine. Its wood is of good quality and mostly used for construction but the Momi Fir is also a very popular ornamental. It is native to Japan and found on the islands of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Yakushima, mainly between 300 and 1000 m or higher, where it enjoys a cool or mild, humid climate. In cultivation is is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 6 to 8. The seeds should be soaked well and need cold stratification for two months.