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Calocedrus decurrens

Incense cedar

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  • Calocedrus decurrens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Calocedrus decurrens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Calocedrus decurrens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Calocedrus decurrens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • Height15m to 30m
  • Spread2m to 10m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourYellow brown
  • Leaf ColourYellow shades and green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Calocedrus decurrens (Incense cedar). A slow-growing tall tree with a conical shapely habit and attractive foliage. The foliage is a glossy dark green and the cylindrical cones open with 3 splayed segments. ‘Intricata’ is a compact dwarf cultivar; its twisted branches turn brown in winter.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

N. America

Interest and use

Specimen Year-round interest. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will grow in any well drained soil in sun or partial shade. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.

Propagation

They can be propagated by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring, or by rooting semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem, although this genus is fairly resistant.

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