Botanical Name: Calocedrus decurrens Add
Common Name: Incense Cedar  
Plant photo of: Calocedrus decurrens
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

25-40', 40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color

Brown, Orange, Yellow


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Carol Bollinger
Photographer: Normans/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

The cedar is an attractive, stiff, narrow evergreen tree which has a columnar growing pattern and maintains a central leader. The foliage is comprised of scale needles, while the coarse bark has an attractive cinnamon red-brown coloring. The cedar retains its color in winter and under good cultiral conditons, will maintain its foliage to the ground. It serves as an effective screening evergreen, and contrasts well with Maples and other deciduous trees and flowering plants.
The decurrens is highly adaptable and may thrive under varying exposure, soils, and moisture. While it can withstand chalk or limestone soils, it is intolerant of air pollution. It combines well with other broadleaf evergreens.