Wednesday, July 1, 2009

California Incense-cedar: Calocedrus decurrens

The California Incense Cedar (species: Calocedrus decurrens) is one of quite a few trees that are referred to as cedars. The images in this post are of a tree that I planted about ten years ago (it was from a nursery and was about 7 feet tall at the time). It is quite easy to confuse this tree with the Western Red Cedar if you don't get a good look at the seed cones.

The seed cones (above) have a unique shape that serves to easily identify this tree species and distinguish it from others that have similar scale like leaves. There is another image of the seed cone shape at the bottom of this post. The image below is of the pollen cones that are a lot smaller than the seed cones. They form on the terminal ends of the scale like leaves.

The conical shape and pleasant dark green color of this tree make it a fine choice as an ornamental tree species for parks and gardens.