Chason's Gift Chinese Fir. A selection made at Johnson's Nursery, Willard, NC, with glossy dark green needles and a more compact conical form than the species. Its best attribute is that it does not languish around in the shrub form for several years, but almost immediately sends up a central leader. This is the best new introduction that I have seen with this species in my lifetime. Native to China, this species can reach 150' in its native habitat, but here in cultivation 40' is considered quite large. It has the undesirable attribute of dropping 3-4 year old "branchlets" which turn brown and fall under the tree. So the most desirable way to grow this specimen is to allow its branches to grow all the way to the ground, thus covering up the fallen debris.