About this Himalayan Cedar
A native of the Himalayas and the national tree of Pakistan, Cedrus deodara is a large conifer which can grow up to a staggering 75m in the wild. Its name originates from ‘devdar’, meaning ‘timber of the gods’. A majestic evergreen, this tree is widely grown for its timber in many parts of southern Europe, but is also of great ornamental value in Britain.
Introduced to the UK from the Himalayas during the reign of George IV in 1831, Cedrus deodara soon became a popular ornamental tree, planted in the gardens of large country houses and Georgian rectories. Within a few decades it was being planted in forests with the intention of using it commercially, however the British climate does not enable this tree to grow to its full native potential.
Cedrus deodara is one of three cedars most commonly planted in the UK, alongside the Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani) and the Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica). Its drooping branches distinguish it from the others, and it has attractive blue and green foliage, a conical shape and one main trunk.
Its wood is strong, durable and fragrantly scented and due to its religious associations, is typically used in construction of temples and palaces. It is also used for more mundane purposes such as railways sleepers and bridges.
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