Botanical Name: Calocedrus decurrens
Common Name: Incense Cedar  
Plant photo of: Calocedrus decurrens
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

25-40', 40-60'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Normans/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

Incense Cedar is a handsome evergreen with a stiff, narrowly columnar form in its youth, becoming more pyramidal in age. Shiny dark green needles hold their color well in winter months. Bark is brown, and turns yellowish brown to cinnamon red and is fibrous. Slow growing to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide, though it may grow taller. Small brown cones appear in summer. Foliage is aromatic when brushed. It has low watering needs once it's established.
Prefers well-drained soils; full sun to light shade; and though it may be a little difficult to establish, it is not generally fussy about soil type. Not widely available but is worth seeking out.