Deodar cedar Pinaceae Cedrus
deodara (Roxb.) G. Don f.
|Leaf: Evergreen needles, dark green but may have some silvery bloom giving them a blue-green color; 1 to 2 inches long, sharp pointed; occur singly on new growth and than later on spur shoots; remaining on the tree for 3 to 6 years.
Flower: Species is monoecious; male cones 2 to 3 inches long on the lower parts of crown; female cones erect, purplish, occur on upper portions of crown.
Fruit: Upright cones, 3 to 4 inches long and 3 inches across; deciduous scales; initially green and purplish, then later turning a reddish brown when mature, usually resinous.
Twig: Slender, with numerous short spur shoots, branches droop with age; buds are very small and round.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray-brown, later developing short furrows with scaly ridge tops.
Form: Young trees have a broad pyramidal crown that becomes wider with age; branch tips and leaders droop and have a fine texture. In the landscape it can reach 80 feet tall but becomes much taller in its native range.
Looks like: Atlas cedar
- cedar of Lebanon
- European larch
| Additional Range Information:
Cedrus deodara is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson