This taxon is listed on the IUCN Redlist website as a variety of Cupressus torulosa. Recent molecular studies, backed by geographic and ecological differences indicate that it is more closely related to a group of southwestern Chinese cypresses that include C.chengiana, C. duclouxiana and C funebris. Morphological differences with C. torulosa are small but consistent.
Timber and firewood are locally taken. Large trees are often venerated in local traditions and religion.