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, require 2 years to mature.
- 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:
- deodara: from the Indian (East) name for the tree.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Gleeson.