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.