• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, spreading to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Color and Form
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SEE-drus dee-oh-DAR-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Conifer
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, spreading to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasUse this bright blue conifer in shrub borders for an injection of carefree cool color. It's a natural for rock gardens nestled into landscape boulders. Irregular form fits nicely into woodland gardens that need relief from too much green. Spot into wild gardens among naturalistic compositions of native shrubs and prairie grasses. Low profile growth makes this creeping shrub a perfect groundcover on banks and slopes or cascading off raised planter edges and retaining walls. A truly eye-catching candidate planted in well chosen, elegant Asian containers.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Azalea (Azalea); Magnolia (Magnolia); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soil types; avoid poorly drained, soggy sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: seldom requires pruning.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This is the dwarf form of a genus of primarly tree species and falls into the Pinaceae with most other conifers. Named from the Greek, kedrus, its kin include the famous cedars of Lebanon. Its classification is attributed to German botanist, Christoph Trew, 1695-1769, although some Anglo-centric references indicate John Loudon, 1783-1843, the noted English horticulturist and writer. This species was named by Scots botanist, David Don, 1799-1841 and his brother, George. Trees are native to the Himalayan Mountains where its local name is deodar. They were officially introduced into cultivation about 1831 although they have been grown in Chinese parks and gardens for centuries. Originally selected for outstanding blue color and exceptionally low growth by the great plantsman, Cliff Comstock.
    The name deodar translates from the original Sankrit as "timber of the gods". Deodar cedars are among the great aromatic timber woods of antiquity, considered pest resistant and therefore used to create containers to house precious but perishable.