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Cultural Details for Cunninghamia lanceolata

Common Name:

Growth Rate:
Pyramidal with slightly pendulous branches. Slow to medium growth rate

Average Mature Height:
30-75’ in landscapes, 150’ in wild

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious; male flowers in terminal clusters; female flowers terminal.

Fruit Details:
Cones usually several together, rarely solitary, globule, ovoid, 1.5” broad.

Fall Color:
Discoloring in cold weather, more or less bronze-green.

Bark Details:
Brown, scaling off in long irregular strips, exposing the reddish inner bark.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious diseases.

Native Habitat:
Central and southern China. Introduced 1804.

Other Features:
Highly prized tree in China and, next to bamboo, is the most useful for all around work. The wood is very rot resistant in contact with the soil.

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, acid, well-drained soils; not very hardy; grows best in open spaces shaded by trees and protected from windswept sites. Zone (6)7-9

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.