The highly endangered golden Vietnamese cypress (Xanthocyparis vietnamensis), known locally as ‘Bach Vang’, can reach a height of 15 metres, creating a giant bluish-green forest across the steep mountainous landscape where it occurs. When the tree is young the crown has a pyramidal shape, which becomes progressively more flattened as it grows (2).
The branches of the golden Vietnamese cypress are long and droopy, and interestingly, have both young and mature leaves on the same stem, which is an unusual characteristic. The young leaves are easily identified as they have a spiky appearance, in contrast with the scale-like mature leaves (2). The cones are small and whorl shaped (3).
The trunk of the golden Vietnamese cypress is 50 to 80 centimetres in diameter (2), and the soft bark is a red-brown colour. The bark on the branches is thinner than on the trunk, and exfoliates off in flakes, much like human skin (4).
- Height: 10 - 15 m (1)