Chinese Fir ( Cunninghamia ) is a sweetly scented cypress and a close cousin to western red cedar. Chinese Fir is a native to China, Taiwan, northern Vietnam and Laos, where they may reach 50 metres in height.
Chinese Fir is a prized timber in China where it has been sustainably farmed for at least a 1,000 years. The timbers light weight and natural decay and insect resistance makes it a good timber for building boats, houses and furniture as well as building temples where the sent is valued. The timber is characterized by a warm pale yellow to white grain with reddish hues. Chinese Fir is grown as an ornamental tree in parks and large gardens where it typically reaches a height of 15-30 metres.