Although widely planted elsewhere, this is native only to the Monterey Peninsula and Point Lobos. Younger trees tend to have narrow, pointed crown, mature trees are often widely spreading with flattish, rounded crowns, occasionally dramatically wind-swept. The evergreen leaves are dark blue-green and scale-like. The bark is fibrous and ranges from a rich brown to ash-gray in age. The fruits are distinctive, forming tight, rounded cones with clearly segmented scales which open up with age. The cones are 2–3 cm in diameter. Included in the CNPS Rare & Endangered Plants Inventory (1b.2).