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Endemic to China: Beijing (Xi Shan), S Gansu, S Hebei, W Henan, Hubei (Badong Xian, Wudang Shan), Shaanxi, W Shandong, Shanxi, and N Sichuan.
The geographic range given above is based on the mapping of herbarium specimens, mostly in Beijing (PE)*, which we believe have been collected from trees growing in the wild. This map is roughly in agreement with that given by Ying et al. (2003). Other sources mention a wider distribution but seem to include planted specimens as well. This species is highly ornamental and has been planted in temple grounds, etc. for many centuries. A conservative estimate of the extent of occurrence based on our data is 347,807 km but calculating the area of occupancy from this distribution probably overestimates it because the species is scattered.
* courtesy Dr. Qiaoping Xiang, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing