Ultimately a medium-sized tree of broad-pyramidal habit. The tips of young shoots are creamy white, maturing yellowish, eventually turning green. To 3 x 2 m in ten years. Less hardy than the species, according to Auders & Spicer (2012). Offered by R. Smith, England, in 1867, and in commerce in California by 1888. It has become very rare in European collections but was offered by several west-coast US nurseries in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (Jacobson 1996; Auders & Spicer 2012).