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Deodar cedar

Cedrus deodara


The Deodar cedar is one of the heritage scale trees of Southern California, with a long history of being planted throughout the Inland Empire. Large and mature specimens can be see along streets, in parks and commercial landscapes almost everywhere. It is adapted to moist winters with snow and summer heat with drought, and can live well over 100 years.

From a landscape perspective, the Deodar cedar is a graceful tree with soft textural character; both branch tips and the tree top droop to produce a slightly weeping habit. This cedar grows best in loam soils with regular moisture during the winter months. Mature trees have proven to be tolerant of heat, aridity and summer drought, when grown in warmer and drier areas of Southern California. It should be planted in spaces that can accommodate its large size. It often becomes a truly magnificent tree that contributes a great presence to many communities throughout the Inland Empire.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen, Coniferous
Habit: Upright, Low-branching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Loam, Deep soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun, Wind
Function: Specimen, Shade Tree, Screening, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Foliage accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Background plant
Height: 60 ft. – 80 ft.
Width: 30 ft. – 40 ft.

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