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Calocedrus formosana

Taiwan incense cedar

About the plant

This is an evergreen conifer native to the mountains of central and northern Taiwan.

  • Endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
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Facts

  • Timber valued in construction
  • Slow growing species

Uses

The valuable wood of this tree is in demand for construction purposes, mainly at a local or regional level.

Pressures of lumber harvesting and forest clearance have greatly reduced wild populations to just eight isolated locations in an area of less than 500km².


First specimens

The first specimens of this conifer were collected by notable plant collector Ernest Henry Wilson in 1918. He spent over a decade exploring China’s Sichuan province, from where he introduced 1,200 species of trees and shrub to the UK, including 400 new species and 4 new genera.

Our specimen was grown from seed collected in Taiwan by Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Kew
  • Endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Click on icon to reveal more