Cedrus deodara
Common name: 
Deodar Cedar
Himalayan Cedar
Pronunciation: 
SE-drus de-o-DAR-a
Family: 
Pinaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Conifer, evergreen, 40-70(150) ft [12-21(46) m] high, broadly pyramidal with gracefully pendulous branches, drooping central leader, spreading and flat-topped with age.   Long branches bearing scattered leaves and spur-like stems with whorled needles.  Leaves 2.5-5 cm long, 15-20 per whorl, or singly on long shoots, light blue or grayish green, or even silvery, soft, (softer than C. atlantica).  Male (pollen) cones are upright, 5-7.5 cm long, usually numerous on lower branches, releasing clouds of yellow pollen in fall, then falling and covering the ground.  Female (seed) cones are upright, solitary, or in pairs, ovoid, 7.5-10 cm long, require 2 years to mature.
  • Sun.  Prefers well-drained and somewhat dry soil.  Protect from sweeping wings.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6  (less hardy than C. atlantica).      Native to the Himalayas of India and Pakistan. The National Tree of Pakistan.
  • Many forms or cultivars are available, including:
  • deodara: from the Indian (East) name for the tree.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Gleeson.
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