Cedrus deodara
Common name: 
Deodar Cedar
Himalayan Cedar
SE-drus de-o-DAR-a
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • 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, and require 2 years to mature. While remaining on the tree, ripe cones begin to fall apart and release cone scales and seeds.  The base of the cone and the attached central axis remain on the tree, sometimes for several years. 
  • Sun.  Prefers well-drained and somewhat dry soil.  Protect from sweeping winds.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6  (less hardy than C. atlantica).      Native to the Himalayas of India and Pakistan. The National Tree of Pakistan.
  • deodara: from the Indian (East) name for the tree
  • Corvallis: NW corner 8th St. and Madison Ave.
  •  Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Gleeson and on 15th Street east of Community (Benton) Hall
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  • plant habit, young tree

    plants habit, young tree

  • plant habit, older tree

    plant habit, older tree

  • plant habit, old tree

    plant habit, old tree

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  • branch, needle clusters

    branch, needle clusters

  • branch tip, lacking needle clusters

    branch tip, lacking needle clusters

  • branch and needles

    branch and needles

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    needle cluster

  • branch, comparison

    branch, comparison

  • male cones

    male cones

  • young female (seed) cone

    young female (seed) cone

  • female (seed) cones

    female (seed) cones

  • disintegrating ripe seed cone

    disintegrating ripe seed cone

  • seed cone, disintegrating and old remnant

    seed cone, disintegrating and old remnant

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark