I recently bought this tree and did research on it. This leads to questions I can’t answer. It is supposed to be related to the Nootka cyparis now named Xanthocyparis nootkatensis. Botanists! You gotta love ’em? I think this rare tree from Viet Nam looks a great deal like a Cunninghamia. Any thoughts on this?
Hi Louise. Indeed, some botanists adhere to placing nootkatensis and vietnamensis into the new genus, Xanthocyparis, while others relegate xanthocyparis is sub-genus status under the Cupressus umbrella. In fact, I’ve seen evidence of the same famous, world-renowned botanist supporting both sides of the discussion. Personally, I use Cupressus vietnamensis and nootkatensis, but I am certainly in no way a botanist or a taxonomist.
If you feel that it resembles Cunninghamia, you are only seeing the juvenile needle-like foliage. Give it time, you will soon see your young plant develop the scale-like foliage typical of members of the Cupressaceae family.