Features and characters of the individual
This conifer belongs to a species that was threatened with extinction at the end of the 17th century. Its solid, rot-resistant wood was used extensively for constructing temples, pyramids and ships. Its majestic silhouette, with its layers of ample branches, is what saved the species. Seduced by the tree’s beauty (and its fragrance), Europeans planted them in many parks in the 18th and 19th centuries as ornamental trees. This specimen here knew the gardens back when it was the Jardin Botanique National (National Botanic Garden).