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Common Name:

Deodar Cedar

Scientific Name:

Cedrus deodara

Family Name:



Deodar Cedar is a medium to large evergreen tree of regal form. In youth the tree is pyramidal, later developing into a picturesque specimen, often with a flat-topped crown. Cultivars with more blue tinted needles than the species type have been selected and offer an alternative to the "Blue Spruces". Premature crown flattening due to dieback from borers, cold, or drought are common in Texas.

Plant Habit or Use:

Tree, medium tree, large tree


sun, partial sun

Flower Color:


Blooming Period:


Fruit Characteristics:

Oblong dehiscent resinous cones


40 ft to 50 ft is common in Texas, 150 ft in its native land


40 ft to 50 ft in old age, half that in youth

Earth–Kind® Index:

  • Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
  • Water Requirements: Low Water Use
  • Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
  • Pest Tolerance: Medium Pest Resistance
  • Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown

USDA Hardiness Zones:

7, 8, 9

Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains Region B - North and Central Texas Region C - Northeast and East Texas Region D - West Texas Region E - Upper Rio Grande Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast Region G - Southeast Texas Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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Additional Comments:

Better tree for east Texas than central or west Texas. When vigorous the species tends to be too large for most suburban lots, but borers, poor soils, and cold tend to render this point moot in most of Texas.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals

Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies, snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.

As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.