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Incense Cedar

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Incense cedar

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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.

Mature Height:
40 feet

Mature Spread:
10 feet

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.

Cultural Notes:
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, 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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