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PlantFiles: Blue China Fir
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cunninghamia (kun-ning-HAM-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Glauca

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive duncanroadfish On Feb 18, 2013, duncanroadfish from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

This is without a doubt one of the most striking conifers in my garden.
The new growth almost glows in the sunlight. This along with the green Cunninghamia are two of the most interesting and fastest growing conifers I've purchased. A +++++++

Positive sah1001 On Aug 27, 2012, sah1001 from Douglasville, GA wrote:

We have a Cunninghamia lanceolata with two trunks. It is a beautiful tall tree between 40' - 50'. It does through off some very sharp piercing frond like branches as it sheds. When it throws off a secondary shot, these have very deep tap roots and are hard to pull up. We are in zone 7B and even with sub-zero temperatures in winter and red clay soil this tree loves it's environment enough to grow to 50'!

Neutral Opus7 On Apr 19, 2012, Opus7 from Morris Plains, NJ wrote:

We have one of these. It's been doing well in Zone 6, partly- to mostly shade. It was planted by a previous owner, we estimate it to be about 20-25 years old. It is now about 18 to 24 feet tall, and kind of "leggy", which is probably due to less than optimal sun exposure. It does drop most of its "leaves" in the winter, so it can be messy in that regard. (The leaves are each about a foot long, with hundreds of the little leaflets each.) The branches tend to droop, so it's probably best to give it some space and not plan on using the area underneath it.

Positive Roger10 On Dec 19, 2009, Roger10 from Atlanta, GA wrote:

Planted several years ago on northern slope near Gainesville GA. Tree has three main trunks, looks beautiful and is about 6 feet tall. I need to transplant it; should I cut two trunks off first, or wait a year after transplanting?

Negative dfulton On Nov 19, 2009, dfulton from Spokane, WA wrote:

I bought this on a whim from an extremely large nursery that likes to offer unique or rare species in 2008. It was 4'-4.5' at purchase, branching was very sparse. This year, 2009 it is almost 5', has really branched out and is starting to fill in very nicely. It is planted in well draining loam and receives sun from the south and west from about noon on. Spokane, WA

Update: I'm very late in getting this up date on, sad to say it didn't make. I don't know what happened, but after a very favorable start it died in 2010. Record breaking snow fall might have been a contributing factor, but I just don't know.

Positive palmbob On Mar 9, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very attractive tree with a conical sillohuette and ornamental wide, flat turqoise leaves/needles. Extremely rugged tree surviving in very low rainfall situations and poor quality clay soils. Native of China and surrounding countries to the south. A very desirable landscape tree.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pensacola, Florida
Dahlonega, Georgia
Douglasville, Georgia
Greensboro, Georgia
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Morris Plains, New Jersey
Sweetwater, Tennessee

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