An evergreen tree with an upright, conical form and an irregular spreading habit at maturity. Bark is gray. Lance-shaped, light green leaves are densely coated in silky hairs than shine silver in sunlight. Male and female flowers are cone-like and appear on separate plants at branch tips. Male flowers emit a vanilla-scent and are composed of pinkish-yellow florets, tightly packed in the shape of a golfball. Female flowers resemble a small artichoke-like globe and produce a nut after fertilization.