Botanical Name: Calocedrus decurrens Add
Common Name: Incense Cedar  
Plant photo of: Calocedrus decurrens
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

25-40', 40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color

Brown, Orange, Yellow


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Normans/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

The Cedar is an attractive, stiff, narrow evergreen tree which has a columnar growing pattern and maintains a central leader. The foliage is comprised of imbricate-scales, while the coarse bark has an attractive cinnamon red-brown coloring. The cedar retains its color in winter and under good cultural conditons, will maintain its foliage to the ground. It serves as an effective screening evergreen, and contrasts well with Maples and other deciduous trees and flowering plants.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.