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Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) Timber of the Gods The deodar cedar is native to the Himalayan Mountains where its local name is deodar, which translates from the original Sanskrit as "timber of the gods". They were officially introduced into cultivation about 1831 although they have been grown in Chinese parks and gardens for centuries.
It is widely grown as an ornamental tree, and is often found in urban forests and parks and along highway mediums.
With its pyramidal shape, soft grayish-green needles and drooping branches, this cedar makes a graceful specimen. Growing rapidly to 40 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide, it also works well as a soft screen. Needles are borne in dense clusters on large, woody pegs and are 1 to 2 inches long.
At use in landscaping and urban settings, the understory is often determined by design. However, native species of shrubs and trees should be removed to reduce competition and improve growing conditions.
General cultivation is limited to areas with mild winters as these trees are frequently killed by temperatures below −13 °F. Prefers sunny and well-drained locations.
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