Make a tea of young twigs in boiling water and drink for kidney and bladder problems and also for a diuretic. The tea is also a good gargle for sore throat and as an external wash for skin sores or ulcers. The tree can grow to 100′ and is evergreen with drooping branches and 1″ cones. The dried cones are used a lot in potpourris and dried arrangements. This isn’t your average yard tree but if you’re lucky enough to live near woods, you may have one for a neighbor.