Documenting this species requires to hike Vietnam's tallest mountain peak, Fan Si Pan, sometimes spelled as Fansipan or Fan Xi Pan (3143 m), part of the Hoang Lien Son (range). In December 2003, this was made possible with financial help from I.D.R.I. and the guidance of Dr. Dzuong Duc Huyen, country officer of the Prosea (Plant Resources of Southeast Asia) Project, and deputy head of the Botanical Department of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (Hanoi).
One of the most important native trees of Japan, Sugi occurs almost everywhere – in gardens, parks, plantation forests, in the famous planted avenue in Nikko, and in a few ancient forests like those in Yakushima.
A distinct mistery fir that received its name when published in Acta Botanica Hungarica in 2010. The tree challenged us for many years: it all goes back to our visits to the Arboretum of Kámon (Kámoni Arborétum) in western Hungary, where there was a large tree named Abies chensiensis var. ernestii...