The Deodar Cedar is indigenous to the Himalayas where it can grow up to 60 metres. It was brought to the UK in the Georgian reign, where it became a favourite ornamental tree grown on grounds of large country houses. Its name is Sanskrit for “wood of the gods” and Hindus worshipped it as a divine tree. Branches grow horizontally from the trunk, with flat twigs and drooping leaders. As the tree matures it changes from a conical habitus to an unsymmetrical, broad crown shape. Its needles are a gentle blue-green, around 4cm long and whorl around the shoots. It produces cones around 10 cm in length. The RHS has given Cedrus deodara robusta glauca an Award of Merit.
Ideal Conditions: Must grow in well-drained soil, needs sun, young trees may need to be protected from cold winters
Maximum Height: 20 metres