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The genus Calocedrus  is comprised of a few evergreen conifers from dry forests in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the western U.S. Foliage is aromatic when crushed, and the tiny leaves resemble scales. In the wild, trees may live over 1000 years and grow to 150 feet tall. Bark becomes deeply furrowed as trees age. Cones are small and are borne at the tips of branches and can be decorative, especially when they open. Grow incense cedars as specimen plants, giving them plenty of room.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen, aromatic, scale-like leaves.

CareSite in sun or part shade in well-drained soil. Tolerant of most any soil with good drainage.

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

ProblemsNo serious problems, but rust can sometimes affect plants.

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