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CEDRUS deodara 'Albospica'

Image of Cedrus deodara 'Albospica'

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

CEDRUS deodara 'Albospica'

Plant Common Name

Deodar Cedar

General Description

Deodar cedar is a western Himalayan evergreen tree, and 'Albospicta' is the same tree except for its ivory-tipped new growth. It was iscovered in a garden in Ireland in 1899. It has a slower growth rate than the species and develops an upright but irregular pyramidal shape. The branches are dense and covered in green needles with the youngest tip growth an attractive ivory that slowly turns green in summer. These branch tips often dangle softly downward, giving the entire tree a soft and luxurious feel. With time, the trunks and branches become very picturesque, especially when viewed from under the canopy. The female cones are held upright on the upper tree branches and are large, egg-shaped and purple-green, while the smaller male cones are elongate and shed copious amounts or yellow pollen in spring.

This smaller-sized tree must have full sun and ample room to attain its fullest and most beautiful growth. Deodar cedar is extremely adaptable, growing well on a wide range of soil pH and types although it will not tolerate soggy conditions. This is a beautiful specimen tree for a spacious lawn or garden setting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    India, Nepal

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Black

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No