| Leaf: Spirally arranged, short (1/2 inch), curved spruce-like needles, dark green above and below. Adult foliage associated with fertile branches is more scale-like, shorter and broader.
Flower: Male cones are pendant, 1 1/2 inches long; female cones broadly egg-shaped and green, at branch tips.
Fruit: A large cone, 5 inches long and 6 inches wide, cone scales bearing a recurved spine, green changing to brown.
Twig: Slender and green, covered in foliage for several years, later turning brown and retaining dead foliage.
Bark: Initially covered in dead leaves, becoming smooth and gray-brown, later rough and dark, broken into small plates.
Form: Very symmetrical, graceful, and pyramidal, with stiff main branches and drooping lateral branches. Becoming very large in its native habitat, more commonly to 50 feet as an ornamental.
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