A beautiful, large conifer to 60 m (200 ft.) tall with a trunk to 2.4 m (8 ft.) in diameter and short branches that form a narrow, conical crown. The thin, glossy green, needle-like leaves can grow to 6 cm long. It is native to the western Himalayas from Afghanistan to Nepal between 2000 and 3000 m (6600 and 9800 ft.). The light, rather soft wood is used for furniture, floorboards, wall panels and the like. In cultivation it is an outstanding ornamental and suitable to temperate climates from USDA plant hardiness Zones 8 to 9. Seeds benefit from cold stratification for about a month after sowing.