California White Cedar
Desert White Cedar
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub or tree to 25 ft (~8 m), multi-stemmed (seldom single-stemmed). Branches spreading to ascending, crown rounded. Bark gray, exfoliating in thin strips, that of branchlets smooth. Branchlets round in cross section, with light green, scale-like adult leaves, 1-2 mm, in opposite pairs or whorls of three, closely appressed, rarely overlapping, with conspicuous glands. The juvenile leaves (on seedlings only) are awl-like, 5 – 10 mm long. Generally dioecious – male and female cones on different plants. Pollen cone oblong, 2-3 mm. Seed cones maturing in 1 year, globose, 8-12 mm, bluish waxy covering, maturing to red-brown, containing 1 or 2 seeds.
- Full sun, drought resistant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to California, southern Nevada and western Arizona and into Baja Califronia.