Very common about 200 million years ago this marvellous gymnosperm is making a comeback as an urban tree due to its no nonsense toughness.
As it survived the radiation and devastation that wiped out 90% of all life when the comet fell to end the reign of the dinosaurs it can cope well with traffic exhaust as well as reflected heat and light in our urban environments!
Reintroduced into the UK from prehistoric times in 1754.
This large conical tree remains relatively narrow if the central dominant leader is retained.
It is a good choice for parks and avenues tolerating paved areas well. It has a deep root system and curious fan shaped leaves.
Female plants fruit after 35 years or so and it is not possible to determine the gender until this event.
Mature height: 20m+
Mature spread: 4-8m