Where Do Cedar Trees Grow? [RESOLVED]

Although cedars can be complicated, it isn’t their fault 😊 We humans have divided animals and plants into family groups. To make it easier to identify which one we are referring to, we name each of these group names. Simple, right? Cedars are not so simple. Because somewhere along the line, plant finders, explorers, and eventually the general population, began to call anything with aromatic bark cedar. There are a variety of fake cedars. We have Thuja plicata and Eastern red cedar. They also don’t belong to the same family as real cedars. This goes on, with Calocedrus and Chamaecyparis using false cedar in their common names 🙌 Fortunately, you can forget about all that for now, because we are going to focus on what we have to call TRUE cedars, those of the genus Cedrus, which is a member of Pinaceae, the pine family. [1]
Lebanon cedar, which can reach 130 feet in height, is large. When young, it is conical in shape, but once fully grown, the cedar has a flat crown with horizontal branches that create a majestic, tiered silhouette. The cedar has a grayish brown bark with short dark green needles. Atlas cedar has a height of up to 60 feet. The Atlas cedar is a tall tree that has a flat top and horizontal branching when mature. The bark is dark gray with flat, fine scales and the evergreen needles are blue-green or silvery. Deodar cedar pyramid, which is slightly shorter and grows up to 50 feet tall, has grayish-green needles or blue and drooping branch. [2]
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Joanne Sheehan For more information, please visit: Calocedrus decurrens, a California incense Cedar (Calocedrus sylvatica), is found in USDA zones 5-8. However it thrives in USDA zones 6-7. The tree is tall and narrow with densely colored, dark-green needles. Native trees Although they can reach over 200 feet in height, most cultivated trees are between 60 and 80 feet high and 8 to 12 inches wide. They can live for up to 500 years. California incense cedar thrives in sun or partial shade. It can tolerate some heat, drought, and soils that are alkaline, sandy, clay, or alkaline. It needs some moisture, but doesn’t tolerate wet feet. It doesn’t need a lot of pruning, although you can prune it to maintain a formal shape. Scott Collins (Amsterdam, Netherlands) modified this image on August 23, 2020. [3]
If you are from North America you may be surprised to learn that only four species of cedars are true and are native to the landscapes all across North America. It turns out that there are trees in North America we can identify as cedars. However, technically they belong to other genera. In the botanical world, these are often referred to as “false cedars.” This can be confusing at first, but unlike palm trees and cycads, there are a limited amount of species in either category of “cedar,” so it had won’t take you too long to sort out the distinctions. Julie E. From Pingdu in China, June 6, 2020 [4]

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