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Tree at the Howick Hall Arboretum [C.J. Earle, 2010.06.20].


Bark on the tree shown above [C.J. Earle, 2010.06.20].


Foliage on the tree shown above [C.J. Earle, 2010.06.20].


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Conservation status

Cupressus chengiana

S.Y. Hu 1964

Common names

岷江柏木 min jiang bai mu [Chinese] (Fu et al. 1999).

Taxonomic notes

The var. chengiana has syn. C. fallax Franco 1968; C. c. var. kansouensis Silba 1994; C. c. var. wehchuanhsiensis Silba 1994 (Farjon 1998).

The variety jiangensis (N. Zhao) Silba 1981 has syn. C. jiangensis N. Zhao 1980 (Farjon 1998).


"Trees to 30 m tall; trunk to 1 m d.b.h.; branchlets densely arranged, not glaucous, terete, ultimate ones spreading, ascending, or drooping but not pendulous, stout, 1.2-2 mm in diam. Leaves in 4 ranks, scalelike, 1-1.5 mm on ultimate branchlets, arched (gibbous) and with a conspicuous, often darker central abaxial gland, apex usually slightly obtuse, dull green, not glaucous. Pollen cones 2-4 mm; microsporophylls 12-16. Seed cones brown or reddish brown when ripe, not glaucous, globose to subglobose or oblong-ovoid, 1.2-2 cm in diam.; cone scales 8-14, each fertile scale with numerous seeds; bracts with a small, free mucro at apex. Seeds ovate-triangular, flattened, 3-5 × 2-4 mm. 2n = 22*" (Fu et al. 1999).

Distribution and Ecology

China: S Gansu and the Min He watershed of Sichuan (type variety); Sichuan (var. jiangensis) (I'm not sure, but with a name like that it probably occurs in the Jinsha Jiang area) (Farjon 1998); at 800-2,900 m elevation (Fu et al. 1999). Hardy to Zone 7 (cold hardiness limit between -17.7°C and -12.2°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001). Var. jiangensis is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN.

Big tree







Hu, S.Y. 1964. Notes on the Flora of China IV. Taiwania 10: 57. Available: Cupressus Conservation Project, accessed 2012.11.30.

See also

Farjon (2005) provides a detailed account, with illustrations.

Last Modified 2012-11-30