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18.Blue Velvet™ Cedar

Cedrus deodara ‘’Sanders Blue’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
7 – 8
around 50
around 30
Best in sun or partial shade
Well-drained, somewhat dry, moderately fertile soil
Cones: male – finger shaped cones very densely set, more numerous on lower portion of tree; female – stout, erect cones initially purple in color and found in upper portion of tree
seeds in 4 long upright cones found on upper side of branches, green while developing, finally brown
Landscape use:
Excellent specimen evergreen because of graceful and pendulous habit; use as specimen tree or screen in large scale areas
Native range of deodar cedar is the Himalayan Mountains from east Afghanistan to Garwhal; introduced in 1831
Pests: borers; Problems: top dieback due to canker and/or cold
Significant Features:
Rapid growth rate; lower limbs may touch ground; striking bluish-green color captures attention


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.