• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide; to 150 ft. tall in native range.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SEE-drus dee-oh-DAR-uh
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 10, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide; to 150 ft. tall in native range.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasGreat focal point and specimen in parks and large gardens. Give this tree plenty of room to spread as it will be the dominant feature in the landscape.
    Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Magnolia (Magnolia); Japanese Maple (Acer); Fuschia (Fuschia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This beautiful tree is classified into the Pinaceae family with most other conifers. The species was named by Scots botanist, David Don, 1799-1841 and his brother, George. Trees are native to the Western Himalayan Mountains where its local name is deodar, a Sanskrit word meaning "divine wood". They were officially introduced into cultivation about 1831 although they have been grown in Chinese parks and gardens for centuries. The wood is aromatic and is distilled into an oil used for incense and insect repellant. It is thought to have several Ayurvedic properties related to the digestive system.
    Lore:
    Because this conifer is quite heat and drought tolerant when established, and thrives in the west and southwest, it is commonly referred to as California Christmas Tree.