Deodar Cedar

Deodar Cedar Trees

The Deodar Cedar also known as the Cedrus Deodara is referred to as the most graceful cedar. It has very elegant branches, pendulous branches, attractive coloring and a pleasing shape. Its beauty has made a suitable tree to be used for landscape purposes. It is an evergreen tree; this means that it maintains a green foliage throughout the year regardless of the season. The deodar cedar tree grows up to a height of 40-70 feet and spreads to around 20-40 feet when fully mature. The Deodar cedar mostly grows in acidic, loamy, moist sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It is drought tolerant, but it still prefers moist soil.

This airy evergreen cedar tree rises to 50 feet or more when cultivated and much taller in the wild. It is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and thrives in the coastal regions of the United States. Deodar cedar trees grow into a loose pyramid shape, with 2-inch long whorled needles that give the tree a soft allure. The branches extend almost horizontally, angling slightly down, and the tips rise slightly. Needles of the deodar cedar are a silvery-green, making it a very attractive and popular ornamental. The trees are either male or female. Males grow the pollen-filled catkins, while females produce the egg-shaped cones.

Growing Deodar Cedar

If you are growing deodar cedar, you’ll want to find out how to care for a deodar cedar tree. These trees are most beautiful when they keep their lower branches, so it is best to plant them somewhere they will not be disturbed. Find a sunny site with slightly acidic, well-drained soil. The tree also grows in partial shade and accepts sandy, loamy or clay soils. It even tolerates alkaline soil.

How to Care for a Deodar Cedar Tree

Deodar cedar care for a properly planted tree will not take much of your time and energy. Deodar cedar trees are very drought resistant, so if your area gets occasional rainfall, you may not need to irrigate. Otherwise, provide moderate amounts of water in dry weather. These trees live for a long time with few, if any, pest issues. They require no pruning, other than removing broken or dead branches and provide maintenance free shade and beauty in your garden.


  • It is a successful street tree because of its low branches which can be pruned to prevent pedestrian traffic.
  • The cedar deodar develops graceful, pendulous branches.
  • The Deodar cedar features bluish green or silver needles with sharp tips that are 1-2 inches long and usually borne in clusters. They are usually shed during the spring as the new needles are borne.
  • It yields reddish brown, oval cones that are 3-6 inches long.
  • The cedar deodar produces an aromatic oil that naturally deters insects. Therefore you do not have to worry about pests if you have planted this particular tree. It has a natural insect repellant.
  • Grows in a broad pyramidal shape.

The deodar cedar provides nesting sites and cover for birds such as the woodpecker and other mammals.