Cedrus Species, Deodar Cedar, Himalayan Cedar

Cedrus deodara

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cedrus (SEE-drus) (Info)
Species: deodara (dee-oh-DAR-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Abies deodara
Synonym:Cedrus libani var. deodara
Synonym:Cedrus libani subsp. deodara
Synonym:Larix deodara
Synonym:Pinus deodara




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Prescott, Arizona

Banning, California

Clovis, California

Fontana, California

Long Beach, California

Oak View, California

Phelan, California

San Marino, California

Valley Center, California

Denver, Colorado

Townsend, Delaware

Atlanta, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Valley Lee, Maryland

Burlington, North Carolina

Edmond, Oklahoma

Beaverton, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beaufort, South Carolina(2 reports)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Pelion, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Athens, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Denison, Texas

Hurricane, Utah

Moab, Utah

Orem, Utah(2 reports)

Saint George, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Springville, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Orlean, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 29, 2020, UtahTropics12 from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:

This tree does extremely well here in Utah zone 7a/7b+ with our dry winters and is extremely common. Theres several large 50 foot + specimens in Salt Lake City and in Utah County. Theyve survived lows down to 5 degrees F or less in REALLY bad winters unscathed and without any sort of damage. Very good looking/unique and reliable addition to any dry Southwest climate in zones 7 and above. It is also very heat and drought resistant, and can grow in super alkaline soils in full sun. This is my absolute favorite conifer of all time and looks so majestic and beautiful once fully mature.


On Apr 15, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Deodar cedar isn't generally hardy north of Z7, but there are two wild-collected trees that have survived over fifty years at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston (Z6a). The arboretum has distributed this clone under the name 'Shalimar'.


On Apr 14, 2015, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have two seedlings from the Paktia group, Karl fuchs and Eisregen, and also Silver Mist. All of them survived our rough winter while their pots were submerged in about four feet of heavy snow. They're tougher than they look.


On Oct 12, 2011, uglysteve from Apache Junction, AZ wrote:

This tree was for sale at the local garden center, I thought I would give it a try. I have not seen them at my elevation, 1800 feet. I have seen them at 3000 feet. I am in Sunset zone 12.

I planted it in a wash, under the NE corner of a large Mesquite tree. It's in fast draining sandy loam soil, ph 7.5. It gets 6 hours of morning sun at this time of year, October. Will get occasional summer and winter floods, about 10 a year. Has a great alpine look, and will make a great addition to my desart forest if it lives.

Will post updates in a year to report on how it survives the summer heat of 110+ F.


On Aug 8, 2010, fdfleet from Knoxville, TN wrote:

I have 5 of these beautiful trees in my yard. 3 are grouped and are gorgeous with the area underneath covered with the short needles. I have one that is growing in an area of the yard that stays wet most of the time...it is on a hill so that might make a difference. It is growing at an unbelievable rate of about 6 feet per year. I have noticed some rather large conical shaped growths on the tree, about 4-5 inches in length and about 3 inches in diameter. Seems much too large for a cone from that tree but I don't know. Would love some direction with this issue. Have had a worm issues in the past but Sevin knocked them out.


On Oct 26, 2009, Pogo53 from Tacoma, WA wrote:

The trees are beautiful. But. I have 2 trees at least 80 years old in my back yard. They are huge, and drop needles constantly. They hang over the driveway and the needles get into everything including car vents along the windshield and house gutters. The needles are slippery, so they need to be swept up if on a concrete surface. If you choose to plant this tree, make sure it's where you don't mind the needle drop, and that it is well away from the house and any sidewalks. And big trees produce a lot of yellow pollen in the fall.


On Jan 23, 2009, Pinyon from Prescott, AZ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just barely tolerates the cold in my area which occasionally burns recent growth. Other than that, these are fantastic plants that grow quite quickly and pretty much take care of themselves after a few years of regular watering, sporting a very pretty, heavily drooping conical form.


On Jan 5, 2009, lilybob from Longmont, CO wrote:

I recently saw a golden deodara growing in Boise, Idaho. Out of its cold range, but apparently doing OK. Anyone with experience growing this in zone 5? Lilybob in Colorado.


On Jun 8, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

There are quite a few deodar cedars in my area in the Ojai Valley. One of the nurseries has a HUGE tree in the front. I bought a small 4 ft. tall one for a xmas tree last xmas. It is still in the pot...I need to find a place to let it grow to maturity. Such a lovely, lovely tree with its coloring and gracefully drooping branches. A gift to treasure!


On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Cedrus deodara DEODAR CEDAR EG (z7) (Bon)
"A noble giant...& probably the best of the big conifers in the warmer localities"(Barber & Phillips);pyramidal & wide-spreading with branch tips "drooping in a manner that gives the whole tree a graceful aspect"S/GDr


On May 4, 2006, sylvainyang from Edmond, OK wrote:

This tree has the nicest shape but freeze in winter, I got four and four of them die at one gallon size. The nursery said 75%
of them dead at the nursery before they get in to market, this is why they are so expensive. The golden Deodora is easier to get freezed in Oklahoma.


On Apr 21, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm growing this in a 14" pot. Not sure if it will do well longterm but for 6 years now it's been happy and healthy. Label just read 'Deodar Cedar' but it has lovely silvery green foliage, a straight stem to about 4 feet then spreads out in a canopy shape 3 feet wide. Might be partly the result of somewhat cramped roots in pot, and the fact that it once blew over in storm and broke the top which I then trimmed back but I love the form it's taken. Grows in full sun.
A favorite of many small potted trees which I enjoy growing. josh z8a


On Sep 30, 2003, cici77 from Banning, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL tree... very drought-tolerant when it's older. We have them lining our road and they only get watered when it rains, and I live 15 min north of Palm Springs, California (U.S.)

I have collected the seeds and hope to grow more for our land; this tree has a very possitive A+ in my book - the weeping look of the tree is just beautiful!


On Aug 28, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree grows quickly, reaching up to 80 feet. It does need regular watering when it's young, but when it's established, it's drought-tolerant. It prefers full sun.


On Jun 24, 2001, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

Fast growing to 80 ft, this is not a tree for a small yard, as it quickly takes up too much space with a 40 ft spread at ground level. It is a graceful appearing tree, with a distinctive nodding tip.