Cedrus deodora - Deodar cedar
Native to the Himalayas, Cedrus deodora is a large evergreen conifer with a gentle weeping form.
As a young tree, the branches grow more upright, in a pyramidal form before broadening with age. Deodar cedar has long green needles with a slight blue hue. They grow in dense spiral clusters.
In its native habitat, the cedar can reach great heights of around 50 metres and live for thousands of years. However, in the UK, its maximum height is around 20 metres.
Female cones are barrel-shaped and release winged fruits as they mature. Whereas male cones are longer and shed pollen in autumn.
Its beautiful form and low maintenance makes it a fantastic tree for park planting or large gardens. It has also been used as an evergreen focal tree.
For best results, Cedrus deodora should be planted in a slightly sheltered location in full sun with plenty of space.
FACT: Cedrus deodora has often been referred to as the ‘tree of gods’ as it grows at altitudes of up to 10,000ft.
Historically, it has been used for medicines to treat many things including flu and arthritis. It also promotes good digestion.
Name: Cedrus deodora
Common Name: Deodar cedar
Height: 15-20 metres
Width: 8 + metres
Demands: Full sun
Soil: Moist, well drained
Foliage: Evergreen, long blue green needles hang in bundles
Flowers: Upright, barrel shaped cones
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