Calocedrus decurrens

incense cedar

Outstanding Qualities

Incense cedar is a tough, easy-to-grow evergreen conifer that is native to the Pacific Northwest. Its narrow, upright form has a formal, stately appearance that only improves with age. Its dark green foliage is soft to the touch and has a wonderful cedar-like fragrance that permeates the air in warm weather. It makes an excellent vertical accent or a backdrop in the landscape.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, silver, white

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue

Culture Notes

Incense cedar grows best in full sun and well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay as long as the drainage is adequate. Once established it is very drought tolerant. It tolerates hot spots in the garden.

© - Walter Siegmund

Quick Facts

Plant Type: narrow conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established