Deodar Cedar

Deodar cedar cone


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

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 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

Large evergreen coniferous tree

Seasonal Colors
Stays green throughout the year

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

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

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
Moni Sertel
Shubhada Nikharge