The deodar cedar is a splendidly proportioned cedar with sharp needles and a habit that is dense when young but spreads out to a majestic, artistic form as it reaches its full mature height.
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This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.
Dark green needles with a silver tint that are 1 to 2 inches long and sharp
Male cones are 2 to 3 inches long on the lower parts of crown; female cones erect, purplish, and occur on upper portions of crown
Upright cones with deciduous scales; initially green and purplish, they later turn a reddish brown when mature
Slender, with numerous short spur shoots, branches droop with age; buds are very small and round
Initially smooth and gray-brown, later developing short furrows with scaly ridge tops
Young trees have a broad pyramidal crown that becomes wider with age; branch tips and leaders droop and have a fine texture
Typically grows to 60 feet high and 30 feet wide, but sometimes they can grow as tall as 200 feet in optimal conditions
Native to the western Himalayas in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, and north-central India, down to the southwesternmost portions of Tibet and western Nepal
Large evergreen coniferous tree
Stays green throughout the year
Grows best in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils
Prefers full sun
Atlas cedar, cedar of Lebanon, European larch
Pests and Diseases
The deodar cedar has no real health issues or pest problems.
The deodar cedar tree is also the national tree of Pakistan.
The inner wood is aromatic and used to make incense, and the inner wood is distilled into essential oil.
Cedar oil is often used for its aromatic properties, especially in aromatherapy. It has a characteristic woody odor which may change somewhat in the course of drying out.