From California Natives Wiki
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'
- 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.