the difference a few years makes
Just wanted to point out this incredible picture of a Taiwania, I'm pretty sure it's the one at Villa Taranto and hopefully it wasn't damaged in the freak tornado they had a couple years ago. That was the most beautiful garden I'd ever visited when I went there in 2010. (with Isola di Brissago a close second)
You can click for a big version but I'm not going to deep link because it's not considered kosher.
Anyhow, wanted to point out the first time I saw a Taiwania at the NCSU arboretum in the mid 1990s, which was only about 5' tall at the time. I thought, why would anyone plant this hideous, prickly little thing. It was like an extra spiny, misshapen Cryptomeria.
Anyone else have ugly duckling to beautiful swan conifer examples?