Deodar Cedar


Deodar cedar cone


Introduction

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.

More detail: Deodar Cedar’s Tree of the Month.

This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.

Common Name
Deodar cedar

Latin Name
Cedrus deodara

Leaf
Dark green needles with a silver tint that are 1 to 2 inches long and sharp

Flower
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

Fruit/nut
Upright cones with deciduous scales; initially green and purplish, they later turn a reddish brown when mature

Twig/branches
Slender, with numerous short spur shoots, branches droop with age; buds are very small and round

Bark
Initially smooth and gray-brown, later developing short furrows with scaly ridge tops

Form
Young trees have a broad pyramidal crown that becomes wider with age; branch tips and leaders droop and have a fine texture

Size
Typically grows to 60 feet high and 30 feet wide, but sometimes they can grow as tall as 200 feet in optimal conditions

Native Range
Native to the western Himalayas in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, and north-central India, down to the southwesternmost portions of Tibet and western Nepal

Type
Large evergreen coniferous tree

Seasonal Colors
Stays green throughout the year

Soil
Grows best in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils

Light
Prefers full sun

Similar Species
Atlas cedar, cedar of Lebanon, European larch

Pests and Diseases
The deodar cedar has no real health issues or pest problems.

Rebate Eligibility
$50

Of Note
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.

Photo Credits

Arthur Chapman
F.G.-L.A.
Moni Sertel
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Shubhada Nikharge