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Deodar CedarCedrus deodara

  • Deodar Cedar - Cedrus deodara
  • Deodar Cedar - Cedrus deodara

Tree expert Michael Dirr has referred to the Deodar cedar as “the most graceful cedar.” And upon first sight, you’ll know why. Elegant, pendulous branches. Attractive coloring. Pleasing shape. Interesting branching patterns. It’s a tree born to be a landscape specimen.

Hardiness Zones

The deodar cedar can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 7–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen tree, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The Deodar cedar grows to a height of 40–70' and a spread of 20–40' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Deodar cedar grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It prefers moist soil but has good drought tolerance.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Makes a soft windscreen.
  • Has been successfully used as a street tree, with lower branches pruned for pedestrian traffic.
  • Develops graceful, pendulous branches.
  • Features bluish-green or silvery needles with sharp tips that are 1–2" long and usually borne in clusters. They are shed in late spring as new growth appears.
  • Yields reddish-brown, oval cones that are 3–6" long.
  • Produces an aromatic oil that naturally deters insects.
  • Grows in a broadly pyramidal shape.

Wildlife Value

The Deodar cedar provides nesting sites, cover and food for mammals and birds such as the woodpecker.

History/Lore

This cedar’s name, Deodar, derives from Sanskrit that translates to "timber of the gods." The tree is native to the Himalayas, where it has been known to reach 250' tall. It was introduced to Europe in 1822 and to the United States nine years later.