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Care of the plant Calocedrus decurrens or Incense cedar.

Care of the plant Calocedrus decurrens or Incense cedar

The genus Calocedrus, family Cupressaceae, includes 4 species of native trees from East Asia and West North America. The species are: Calocedrus decurrens, Calocedrus rupestris, Calocedrus formosana, Calocedrus macrolepis.

Common names: Incense cedar, California incense-cedar. This species is native to California.

They are large trees that reach 45 meters in height and live for hundreds of years. They have a long, narrow column shape and very dense light green foliage with yellow parts. The leaves appear as small scales. The bark is reddish. The male flowers are globose and shed abundant yellow pollen. The flowers appear in winter and the cones in autumn.

They are used for reforestation, to form hedges or as isolated specimens in large and medium gardens. Wood is highly valued in cabinetmaking for its high quality.

Calocedrus decurrens needs full sun exposure; they resist frost well.

They can be grown in any type of soil, even limestone.

Irrigation will be moderate throughout the year as they resist drought well. In regions with a Mediterranean climate, it's advisable to water thoroughly during the summer.

They tolerate training pruning, although it is not strictly necessary.

They are trees resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds.

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Calocedrus decurrens
Calocedrus decurrens
Calocedrus decurrens
Calocedrus decurrens
Calocedrus decurrens
 

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