Like Lantana camara, the native distribution of Chinese fir is not known; however, it is for a different reason. An important timber tree in southeast Asia, Cunninghamia lanceolata has been cultivated for its wood for over eight hundred years. It is now nigh impossible to determine where it is native and where it has been introduced.
Its importance as a timber tree is at least partly due to both the ease in which it can be propagated clonally and its ability to regrow from its roots–both qualities which are rare (unique?) among conifers (source: Minghe L and G Ritchie. 1999. Eight hundred years of clonal forestry in China: I. traditional afforestation with Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook.). New Forests. 18(2): 131-142).
‘Glauca’ refers to the bluish-grey waxy bloom of the new foliage.
As always for conifers, also see Cunninghamia lanceolata via the Gymnosperm Database.
Photography / art / nature resource link: It’s not botanical, but I’ll make an exception for it, since the artist’s message is profound. Thanks to Eva for sending along this gem: Ashes and Snow. “Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, three 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an unswerving commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary, unscripted interactions between humans and animals.”