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A shrubby tree under 40 ft in height, dividing near the base into three or more stems; branches erect to spreading; branchlets pendulous, triangular; bark fibrous, peeling in thin, narrow strips. Leaves in threes, awl-shaped, 1⁄2 to 5⁄8 in. long, about
Native of China, where it is widespread, and of Formosa. Although known since at least the middle of the 19th century, it was confused with J. taxifolia and first distinguished 1908. There is an example 15 ft high in the National Pinetum at Bedgebury, Kent.
The better of two specimens in the National Pinetum at Bedgebury is on two slender stems and 21 ft high (1981). This species has become rare, but was reintroduced by Keith Rushforth in 1980 by means of cuttings collected near Kunming in Yunnan.