Common China Fir
A very large, fast growing and unusual looking conifer originally native to China, Vietnam, Laos and perhaps Cambodia but now widely grown as an ornamental in Japan, China and elsewhere. With its rather long, sickle-shaped, needlelike, green or bluish leaves on snaking or drooping branches it reminds one of an Araucaria, even though it is, in fact, a primitive member of the Taxodiaceae or Cupressaceae and thus related to trees like the giant Sequoia or bald cypress. Its durable and aromatic wood is much used for construction, especially in China. In cultivation it is suited for temperate climates in USDA zones 7 to 9. In zone 6 it is considered marginal.