An evergreen conifer tree with a pyramidal growth habit and a relatively rounded top, the highest leader often drooping. Ends of branches also droop slightly, giving it a "relaxed" look. Can be clipped and trained as a shrub. Numerous cultivars exist.
Leaves needles, alternate, flattened, ½–1 inch long, undersides whitish, with a rounded tip and slender stalk, appearing in two, somewhat flattened rows.
Bark orangish- to grayish-brown, with scaly plates, with or without furrows.
Twigs hairy, pale brown to gray or yellowish-brown.
Conifers don't technically "flower," but pollen is shed March–April.
Fruits small cones ½–1 inch long, persisting handsomely through winter; cone scales woody or somewhat papery, straight, not shiny, with rounded tips. Seeds winged.