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Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

incense cedar tree

Lovely, lush and almost fluffy in appearance, this evergreen has glossy, bright green foliage and a pyramidal growth habit. Native to northern California and Oregon, the tree is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions from wet to dry and will grow very quickly in sunny, moist areas. Its beauty and sweet smelling bark make it a great yard tree.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 12 feet

Mature Height: 40 feet

Mature Spread: 10 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Perfect yard tree, even in smaller yard spaces because of its narrow growth habit.

Flat, evergreen “sprays” are bright green, glossy and sweet smelling in warm weather or when crushed.

Green cones ripen at the ends of branches, turn brown and open into conspicuous three-pronged cones which fall to the ground in fall.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Well adapted to wet and dry growing conditions. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils but can be tolerant of poor soils. Needs full to partial sun exposure.

Potential Problems:
Generally resistant to insects and pests.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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