Calocedrus decurrens

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Species Name: Calocedrus decurrens
Common Name: Incense Cedar

Stunning reddish-brown bark, deep green foliage. Occasional summer water is preferable. Fragrant foliage. Tolerates smog. Very adaptable and handsome conifer.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 70-90' H x 10-15' W
Growth Habit: Upright and pyramidal
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: -5 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California except deserts, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Mixed evergreen yellow-pine forests from 1000-8000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A tall tree of rather symmetrical habit with flattened branchlets and deep green foliage having a rather pungent yet pleasant odor. The bark is cinnamon red and forms a striking contrast to the deep green leaves. A very handsome tree that will thrive in almost any situation. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.