Trees giant, evergreen. Branchlets terete, with obvious annual growth constrictions. Leaves alternate, mostly in 2 ranks. Adult leaves linear or linear-lanceolate to deltate, generally flattened, divergent to strongly appressed; abaxial glands absent. Pollen cones with 6--12 sporophylls, each sporophyll with 2--6 pollen sacs. Seed cones maturing and opening in 1 season, oblong to globose; scales persistent, 15--30, valvate, ± peltate, thick and woody. Seeds 2--7 per scale, lenticular, narrowly 2-winged; cotyledons 2(--4). x = 11.
|[For Sequoyah, also known as George Guess, inventor and publisher of the Cherokee alphabet]|