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Deodar Cedar

Scientific name: Cedrus deodara

Type:Coniferous trees
Plant Requirements
Zone:7 to 9
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:70 ft
Width:40 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Deodar cedar is very popular Northwest evergreen prized for its graceful pendulous branches which bears pleasing blue-green to silvery foliage.

This conifer, native to the Himalayan mountains of Asia, grows to a landscape height of 70’ and width of 40’ at maturity. Young trees start out pyramidal but age to become wide-spreading and flat-topped. It bears green sharp-tipped needles which are 1”-2” long and borne in dense whorls of 20-30 per cluster. Needles are held from 3-6 years, and are shed in late spring as new growth appears.

In the spring banana-shaped male catkins are produced which give rise to clouds of yellow, wind-blown pollen. Female cones are 3”-5” long, borne upright on the limbs and are egg-shaped.

This conifer bears a smooth bark when the tree is young. As the tree ages the bark furrows in vertical ridges.

Deodar Cedar grows best in acidic, loamy, well drained, sandy to clay soils. Once established in the landscape it is considered drought tolerant. This evergreen makes an excellent landscape specimen tree if space is available. Because of its spreading nature it should not be planted in boulevard planting strips, or close to structures.

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