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.
Many forms or cultivars are available, including:
- some foliage white or silver, 'Albospica' (slow growing), 'Silver Mist' (dwarf)
- some foliage yellow or golden, 'Aurea' (upright), 'Gold Cascade' (dwarf), 'Golden Horizon' (shrubby)
- bluish foliage, 'Fellin' Blue' (prostrate dwarf)
- dwarf habit, 'Mylor' (dwarf shrub)
- 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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