Cedrus deodara


DEODAR CEDAR, also called Himalayan cedar, is native to the lower elevations of the Himalayas, and is planted extensively around the world.


Deodar cedar is tall, to over 150 ft, with an open, broadly conical crown. Branches are horizontal to drooping, and foliage is drooping at the end.


Graceful and elegant, Deodar cedar is the most commonly planted cedar in the San Francisco Bay Area, although Blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica glauca) is occasionally used in Japanese-style gardens.

Deodar cedar is a true cedar (genus Cedrus)

Needles grow singly or in clusters of up to 30 on side shoots

Deodar cedar can be long-lived. Records of tree ring data from India show to 745 years and possibly to 900 years.

Is an important timber tree in India. In the West, is widely planted as an ornamental in Europe (Vidakovic 1991) and the western U.S.

Below: four inch barrel-shaped seed cones starting to disintegrate in early October.

Pollen cones in early October.

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