This is really a stunner! Flattened, lanceolate, blue green leaves on a fast growing irregularly conical frame. Sweet! The general shape of Cunninghamia is conical with tiered, horizontal branches that are often somewhat pendulous toward the tips. The habit of a young plants is often somewhat asymmetrical. Cunninghamia bears softly spined, leathery, stiff, green to blue-green needle-like leaves that spiral around the stem with an upward arch; they are 2–7 cm long and 3–5 mm broad at the base, and bear two white or greenish-white stomatal bands underneath and sometimes also above. The foliage may turn bronze-tinted in very cold winter weather.
As the tree grows its trunk tends to sucker around the base, particularly following damage to the stem or roots, and it then may grow in a multi-trunked form. Brown bark of mature trees peels off in strips to reveal reddish-brown inner bark.