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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 km² 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