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Cedar Deodar (Cedrus deodara) is an evergreen tree that can reach 70 feet high and 20 to 40 feet wide. It does best in zones 7-9. Today it is a popular landscape specimen that provides year-round interest with its attractive pyramid shape and lovely green-silver color.
Cedar Deodar trees thrive in a variety of moist, well-drained soils including:
It is also tolerant to drought and prefers a location that provides full sun. This tree is fairly fast growing, making it an excellent choice for a windbreak or for privacy on your property.
Graceful branches sweep toward the ground and then up. Two-inch long whorled needles give this tree a softer look. These needles drop in the spring, allowing for new growth. Male trees produce catkins that hold copious amounts pollen, which is spread in the early spring. Female trees have 3-5 inch egg-shaped cones that shatter, releasing the trees seeds.
This tree lives a long time, requires little pruning, if any, and is relatively free from health issues, so once planted, it will provide maintenance-free beauty for generations.
When planting a Cedar Deodar, make sure you select a wide open area to allow for its mature size. Avoid overly windy locations or areas that tend to be soggy. Watch out for potential overhead hinderances, like power lines, and consider other landscape plants that may get crowded out as the tree grows.
Plant your Cedar Deodar in deep, well-drained soil in the late spring or early fall. Water it regularly its first year to help it get established. After that, watering can be reduced. Fertilize in the spring with a 3-1-2 fertilizer. If you opt to prune lower branches that may be in the way of walking paths, do so in the winter.
Cedar Deodar makes a stunning focal point when three to five trees are clustered in a large, open area. Put them near the back of your property so you can enjoy the full effect from your window.