Deodar Cedar

Cedrus deodara
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Deodar Cedar
Whole Plant
Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Deodar Male and Female Cones
Oregon State Dept. of Horticulture


  • Gymnosperm (naked seed), Conifer, evergreen

Identifying Features:

  • Lower branches bend gracefully downward
  • Leaves are stiff and needle-like
  • Leaves have a spiral arrangment
  • Leaves do not have color change in the fall
  • Bark is dark brown and cracks with age
  • Pyramidal shape
  • Leaves have a blue-green, blue-gray color
  • Size:
    • The tree can grow anywhere from 40 to 150 feet.
    • It can have a width of 20 to 45 feet
    • The needle-like leaves grow in clusters of 20-30, and together grow to be about 2 inches


  • Native to the Himalayas where it grows at elevations of 3,500 to 12,000 feet above sea level.
  • Hardiness zones 7-9, which are located in several warmer regions of the United States.
  • Grows best in areas where winters are mild


Female (seed) cone:
  • Grows to be about 7.5 to 10 cm long
  • Require two years to mature
  • Dry and hard
  • Brown colored
  • Oval shaped
Male (pollen) cone:
  • Grows to be about 5 to 7.5 cm long
  • Release yellow pollen in the fall

Water/Sun Requirements:

  • Does well in full sun
  • Has relatively normal water requirments

Special Adaptations:

  • Tolerates wind and heat
  • Once established it does well in drought

Other Info:

  • Essential oils from the Deodar Cedar have been used as an antispetic and treatment for tuberculosis in Asia.
  • Most popular landscaping cedar in America.
  • Has a medium growth rate, meaning it grows 13 to 24 inches per year.
  • The needle-like leaves fall in late spring as new growth occours.
  • It does not need pruning
  • The wood of the deodar cedar is stronger than any of the other conifers
  • When deodar cedar is translated into Sanskrit it means "tree of the gods"

Reference Sources/Links:

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Trees of the World. New York: Oxford UP, 1980. 79-80.

Created by: Djana F. 2007