Distinguishing Features: Round cones are bluish when young, stems always grow in pairs opposite each other.
- Type: Deciduous Conifer
- Form at maturity: Uniform cone, up to 90 ft tall
- Leaf: Needle-like leaves, opposite, arranged in flat sprays, .5 inch long, medium to bright green, pinkish tan to reddish bronze in fall
- Flower: Inconspicuous
- Bark: Shredded, braided and fluted structure, reddish-brown
- Fruit or Seed: Elongated or rounded cones, .5 to 1 inch long, bloomy blue when young
- Other: Trunk base becomes braided and fluted when mature. Golden leaved vareties are available.