It is a type of tree from the family of Cupresaceae, original from the Southwest of the United States of America and from the North of Mexico. It can be found in small forests when wild, but it is often found dispersed around the land, and not in large forests. It was introduced in the rest of the continents until it became natural to many places in Europe.
It is an evergreen tree, medium sized, and has a cone-chaped cup, which can reach up to 25 metres high. The trunk can reach up to 50 cm in diametre, its foliage being greyish or blueish green. It has a smooth reddish-brown bark, from which vertical sheets tear down and drop. Its overlapping leaves are greyish-green fish-scale patterned, with the tip raised. Their back has resinous glans. It has woody cones with 6-8 scales…It also has woody strobiles with 6 to 8 mucronate scales that are brownish-grey green when young and brown when old.