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Cedrus Deodara, also known as Deodar Cedar or Fountain Tree, is a magnificent large specimen conifer which can make a big statement. It has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its desirability as a landscape tree in the UK. It is prized for its weeping habit.
Native to the Himalayas and introduced to the UK in 1831, Cedrus Deodara has long been a favourite tree on large estates because of its magnificent size. It is a reliable source of visual interest year-round. At first it has a broad conical form, but then matures into a tall tree with a flat-topped crown and drooping limbs starting at ground level. Its needles grow to 4 cm in length and are blue-green when young, maturing to a deep green. In autumn, mature Deodar Cedars feature 10 cm long barrel-shaped cones growing up from the branches.
Hardy in all of the UK and northern Europe, and living for more than 100 years, Cedrus Deodara will grow to 15 metres in 25 years and finally a mature height of more than 30 metres and spread of more than 8 metres in 50 years. This is not a tree for a small garden! No pruning is required.
Plant your Fountain Tree in full sun, in either a sheltered or exposed position, in moist but well-drained soil, preferably acidic, where its deep roots will have room to grow. It will do better in a loam or sandy soil than in chalk. While it can withstand windy conditions, Cedrus Deodara is not very tolerant of either salt or pollution, so is not suited to coastal regions or cities.
Cedrus Deodara’s eventual large size means that you need to carefully select a site for this striking specimen tree. Our 1-metre-tall potted Deodar Cedars will grow to be 30 times that height! In a large lawn, a Fountain Tree will be a stunning focal point, with its graceful shape and evergreen foliage giving reliable, year-round interest. A row of Cedrus Deodara lining an avenue would provide privacy as well as a magnificent sweep of greenery. On a large country property, a grouping of Deodar Cedars would soon become a spectacular sight.
Cedrus Deodara is a low-maintenance, high-impact tree which, when given the room to grow to its full potential, will be a stand-out addition to your landscape!
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