Large, evergreen tree
Description: Graceful, pyramidal outline with pendant or drooping, dark bluish-green needles and solitary, reddish brown cones
Habit: Grows 40-70 feet high and 30-40 feet wide in 30-40 years
Culture: Prefers full sun and well-drained, somewhat dry soil; protect from sweeping winds
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 through 9
Attributes: Evergreen, drought tolerant
Although the common name 'cedar' is used for many differing evergreens, the Deodar is one of only four true cedars. It is native to the Himalayas and was introduced to cultivation in the West in 1831. Its needles are longer than the Atlas, Cyprian, and Cedar of Lebanon (which Thomas Jefferson grew), and it tends to maintain its basic, conical shape into maturity. Many varieties of the Deodar were available by the mid 1800's, including a golden yellow cultivar, and a dwarf, prostrate form used in Victorian rock gardens and as curious specimens in arboretums and cemeteries.