Botanical Name: Calocedrus decurrens
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



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition



Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
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 scale needles, while the coarse bark has an attractive cinnamon red-brown coloring. The cedar typically retains its color in winter. It serves as an effective screening. It will slowly grow to 30' tall and 15' wide. Small brown cones appear in summer. Foliage is aromatic when brushed. It has low watering needs once it's established.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas