Four species of Cedrus
are native to Europe and Asia.
They are tall conifers. The deodar cedar is an important timber tree in the Himalayas. It is cultivated for its attractive form and
evergreen foliage. Some forms have been selected for blue-gray foliage color or
unusual growth habit. The weeping deodar cedar’s trunk and branches have a
strong tendency to droop, keeping the plant much smaller than a normal tree. This
weeping tendency is so strong that young plants must be staked to make the trunk
grow upright. Occasionally, a vigorous upright shoot will be produced. If it is
not removed, this upright shoot can overgrow the weeping branches and grow into
a full sized tree.
A plant can be seen on the west side of building 2.
Shrub to three to ten feet tall depending on how it is trained.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: well-drained soil, tolerates drought
Soil: very adaptable provided the soil drains well
The Deodara cedar is reportedly the best of the Cedrus species to grow in the Jacksonville area. It
grows best in a sunny, well-drained site.
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