Calocedrus decurrens

Attractively shaped evergreen conifer with dense foliage often used in home landscapes. Wood has pleasant odor. Branches are flattened vertically, appearing fan-like. Bark is reddish brown and broken into scales in young trees, turning into fibrous ridges. Small scale-like leaves are in whorls of four, aromatic when crushed.

incense cedar branch

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

incense cedar top

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

incense cedar whole tree

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

  • incense cedar branch
  • incense cedar top
  • incense cedar whole tree

Plant Details

Habitat:
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
More commonly found at higher elevations (2000-8000').
Mature Height:
100’
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Moist, well-drained soils. Tolerating many different soil types
Special Uses:
Attracts birds; Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; deer resistant
Arboretum Locations:
Corvallis Waldorf School Native Arboretum
Year(s) Planted:
1996