|Compact pyramidal evergreen shrub. Leaves on young branchlets are scale-like, and on old ones awl-shaped and dark green. Foliage is tufted at the ends of branches. The cones are small, grape-like, whitish blue, and profusely produced. Grows 20 feet tall in 15 years. Opens up with age, becoming very picturesque. Excellent for use as screen, background or accent. Withstands a wide variety of soils and growing conditions. Very long lived. Very susceptible to rust.