Cedrus deodaraItem #2335 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
A large, pyramidal form with attractive gray-green foliage and graceful, arching branches. Makes a wonderful living Christmas tree! Allow plenty of room in the landscape to best display this stately tree. Heat and drought tolerant when established. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide; 150 ft. tall in native range.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SEE-drus dee-oh-DAR-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 10, 14 - 24Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide; 150 ft. tall in native range.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms: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)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in a wide range of soil types; avoid poorly drained, soggy sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.