The wood (timber) of this species is highly prized for traditional oriental buildings such as temples and shrines. It is uncommon in cultivation outside Taiwan, where this species is now being replanted in attempts to restore it from excessive logging in the past. As an ornamental it is attractive, but slow growing and similar to Sawara cypress (C. pisifera) from Japan, which is much more common as a tree for the garden.
References and further reading
- Huang, T.C. (ed.) (1994). Flora of Taiwan. Second edition. Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan. Taipei.
- Lee, S.C. (1962). Taiwan Red- and Yellow-cypress and their conservation. Taiwania 8: 1-13.
- Lu, S.Y. & Pan, F.J. (1996). Rare and Endangered Plants in Taiwan I.
- Zhang, D & Christian, T. (2013). Chamaecyparis formosensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 05 July 2013.