California incense cedar
Water use: Moderate or low.
Light: Full sun or light shade.
Size: 30 to 50 feet tall, and 8 to 10 feet wide. In its
it can reach over 100 feet tall.
Native Range: This tree is native in the western United
including Oregon, California, and Nevada.
Plant habit and use: Dense, narrow, columnar evergreen, that
people think looks like an arborvitae. These are used individually as
accents in the landscape. Planted in a row, they make a good screen or
Leaf and twig color: Dark green, small scale-like leaves are
along twigs with reddish, peeling bark. Older twigs and branches lose
Cones: The cones are less than 1 inch long. Their
color makes a subtle contrast to the green leaves.
Culture: This tree is tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
Maintenance: These naturally columnar trees do not need
Other: Although it is not thought to be native in
it has been widely planted in the state and good specimens can be found
in both western and eastern Washington.
Water-conserving plant list
Virginia I. Lohr
and Caroline H. Pearson-Mims
Dept. of Hort &
LA, Washington St. Univ.
Page updated February 17, 2008