DEODAR CEDAR (California Christmas Tree)
Zone 7 (0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit)
Fair, once established. Water weekly
Pyramidal shape, lower branches sweep to the ground, then turn upwards.
Upper branches openly spaced. Prefers moist, but not wet, soil conditions.
Very clean tree with no known pests or diseases. Long lived.
Rate of Growth:
Fast to 70' tall at maturity, with 40 foot spread.
More Common Pests:
Watering while in the container:
Do not allow the soil to dry out. Keep moist by watering daily. Water
enough for drainage through the bottom drain holes. Misting does not
provide enough moisture to be a benefit.
Watering while in the Ground:
When first placed in the ground the root ball should be kept damp or
moist, this can be don with deep root watering (pipe in the ground under
the roots). Summer should be once a day for the first year and winter
every 2nd or 3rd day. See Transplanting to the ground
Use a general-purpose fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 3/1/2. Apply as
instructed on the package, normally in the spring and the fall.
Best left in a natural state, however you can prune lightly to shape.
Prune in May and in September.
Use the appropriate insecticide for the pests that you are treating for,
following the instructions on the container. Only use insecticides when
Requires full sun.
Transplanting to the Ground:
Plant using a good sandy loam soil mixture mixed ½ and ½ with native
soil. Prepare a hole twice as large as the rootball, loosen bottom soil
and plant so that the top of the rootball is level with the existing
ground level. The root system needs air and this is supplied by the
surface roots. Immediately after planting, water well, then follow the
above watering instructions until the roots have spread (approximately 1
month). Slowly begin to increase the length of time between waterings to
once per week. Remember to water deeply to encourage the roots to grow
Transplanting to another container:
When transplanting to another container use the next largest size. Select
a container that has drain holes. Plant using good sandy loam soil
mixture. Do not plant the root ball any deeper that it is planted in the
current container. The root system needs air and this is supplied by the
surface roots. Water tree well, immediately after planting, then follow
the above watering instructions of keeping the soil moist by watering
To protect trees from colder temperatures than what is recommended through
"Sunset Garden Book", an antitranspirant may be applied to help
the tree tolerate temperatures of 3 degrees lower than they might