It is a slow-growing tree which grows to 35 m tall with a trunk up to 1 m in diameter. The bark is dark red-brown. The leaves are scale-like, 2 to 4 mm long, blunt tipped (obtuse), green above, and green below with a white stomatal band at the base of each scale-leaf. The cones are globose, 8 to 12 mm diameter, with 8 to 12 scales arranged in opposite pairs.
Not a native tree in Connecticut, however it may be encountered in landscaping as an ornamental tree. It has over 200 cultivars.