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Scientific Name: Calocedrus decurrens
Under Power Lines:
Street Tree Planting:
Yes—but only on planting strips 12 feet or wider. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.
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.
Flat, evergreen “sprays” are bright green, glossy and sweet smelling in warm weather or when crushed.
An abundance of inconspicuous tiny, golden-yellow flowers bloom late winter to early spring.
Green, vase-shaped cones ripen at the ends of branches, turn brown and open into conspicuous three-pronged cones which fall to the ground in fall.
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.
Generally resistant to insects and pests, however can be susceptible to heart rot, the decay of the center of the tree’s trunk.
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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