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California incense cedar

Calocedrus decurrens

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This large, conical-shaped tree has dark green flattened sprays of evergreen scale-like leaves.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNotable for its aromatic, scale-like leaves that form pendulous branches that droop in sprays, ornamented by miniature, urn-shaped cones. It also has exfoliating cinnamon-colored bark.

CarePlant in sun or part shade in just about any well-drained soil. Once established, incense cedar needs very little water, thrives in poor soils, and doesn't need fertilizer.

PropagationStart seeds in a cold frame in spring or take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

ProblemsSometimes bothered by rust.

  • Genus : Calocedrus
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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