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Golden Himalayan Cedar
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The Golden Himalayan Cedar is a majestic and uncommon evergreen tree that will shine like a beacon in your landscape. This medium to large specimen tree bursts forth in spring with a cheerful display of sunny gold new foliage to kick off the season. The needles fade to soft yellow or greenish-gold with the arrival of hot weather, but their fine, feathery texture is a delight throughout the year. This noble tree is worthy of showcasing on the front lawn or it can be used in the backyard, where it will provide not only a nice jolt of color, but also some privacy screening for your patio, pool, or that backyard retreat you go to when you want to get away from it all.
- Hardiness Zone: 7-9
- Spacing: 20-30'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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There are a lot of trees commonly called “Cedars,” such as Red Cedar, White Cedar, and Western Cedar, that aren’t really Cedars. This one is the real deal. The Himalayan Cedar, or Deodar Cedar, is a true Cedar that’s native from Afghanistan to Nepal in mountainous areas where summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and rainy. It was first brought to Europe in 1822 and was grown in a pinetum in England. (A “pinetum”—your word of the day—is a conifers-only arboretum!) This special golden form was first described in 1866 and was said to exist at that time in both France and the UK.
The Golden Himalayan Cedar adopts a slim, pyramidal, Christmas-tree shape in youth, but eventually its branches spread out wide at 90 degree angles to the trunk. This naturally tiered shape makes it a good candidate to espalier, or train to grow against a wall. Of course, it’s handsome as a free-standing specimen as well.
How to Grow
All true Cedars relish full sun, and the Golden Himalayan Cedar is no exception. Having adapted to growing on mountainsides, it’s no surprise that Himalayan Cedars demand good drainage, too. They are rather sensitive to strong winter winds and snow and ice loads, so give yours a sheltered spot and knock the snow off the branches should the limbs appear to sag under the weight of a heavy snowfall. This is a moderately fast-growing tree with few pest or disease issues. It requires very little pruning, and as it’s an evergreen tree—no leaf-raking, either!
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Size A Trees:
3' tall grown in our #5 or #6 tree container. Straight trunk with strong caliper and developed branching. A good value for a slower growing and unique Cedar.
Size B Trees:
5-6' Tall. Grown in our #10 specialty conifer container. This tree appears to almost weep but says never mind and continues up. This is a unique conifer that no one else in your neighborhood will have.
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