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Incense-cedar

Calocedrus decurrens

Easy to Maintain Native to Pacific Northwest Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Medium to large conifer with excellent wildlife benefits.

Growing Conditions:
Incense-cedars is a great choice for drier sites. It is fire-resistant and drought-tolerant once established. In yards, make sure to plant trees at least 15-feet apart to prevent overcrowding.

Uses:
An evergreen Pacific Northwest native, great for screening and privacy. A columnar tree that does well in smaller spaces. Native Americans have used the plant in traditional medicine, basket making, hunting bows and for building materials.

Height:
50' at maturity

Width:
20' at maturity

Shape:
Columnar

Flowers:
Inconspicuous

Leaves:
Layered, scale-like leaves with pointed tips. When crushed, it gives off an aroma somewhat akin to shoe-polish.

Bark:
Thin reddish bark on young trees, becoming thick and deeply furrowed as tree matures.

[Eugene residents: please check with FOT staff for urban forester approval.]