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Taiwania cryptomerioides

(Taiwania / Chinese Coffin Tree)

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(Jacobson) From the western slopes of Mt. Morrison, Taiwan. In 1918 E. Wilson sent 4 plants to the Arnold Arboretum. Exceedingly rare; virtually never in commerc. Mature foliage and cones (1/2″ long) not yet seen in cultivation. Young specimens indeed recall Cryptomeria (Japanese Red Cedar) but are 1/4″ – 7/8″ long. Records: to 260′ x 31′ in the wild; 59′ x 3′ 10″ x 20′ San Marino, CA (1993); 40′ x 2′ 11″ Berkeley, CA (1993; planted 1974); 29′ x 1′ 10 1/2″ Seattle, WA (1994; planted 1969).

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