Cedrus deodara 'Kashmir' - 'Kashmir' Himalayan Cedar
Family - Pinaceae
Size - 50 to 70 feet in height. Pyramidal when young with a broad base. In old age, it becomes wide spreading and flat topped. Very picturesque tree in youth or old age. Growth rate is fast, it has averaged 3 feet per year easily.
Foliage - Silvery blue-green. Branching habit is pendulous and is very graceful. New growth is a pale green and much tighter bound. It contrasts nicely with the older more glaucous foliage.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Cone, about 3-4" long, 2" wide. Blue-green when young, maturing to a cinnamon brown and standing erect against the stems. Very pretty against the foliage.
Bark - Gray, smooth.
Pests and Diseases - Some canker has been reported but I've never seen any widespread problem that merits concern. If any tree is weak, some disease will catch up to it, and I believe this is the case with these reports.
Landscape Use - Large specimen. Not to be tucked in to a cute little bed, as it will overgrow it quickly. This Kashmir on campus was planted as a 2' tall, 2 gallon plant on December 5th, 1990. As of July, 97 it was 20'+ in height with a base spread of about 2/3rds the height. As of spring 2002, it is 30 feet or more. The photo under "Size", was taken in May of 2003. As with many of the true Cedars, they can be beautiful large trees and need to be observed from a distance for full appreciation. An appropriate tree for golf courses, corporate parks, municipal parks, and campuses. Avoid wet sites and windy locations.
Performance - 10 - For the rate of growth, lack of problems, and stunning beauty, one is not going to find many large conifers nicer. It's attractive form, pendulous branching, beautiful color, and elegance in old age, lends an atmosphere of distinction that can't be matched by many other trees. The genus Cedrus is probably my favorite of all conifers so therefore I am slightly partial. The large cultivars are somewhat limited to the large site, this being their only real drawback, but my asset on a college campus. Kashmir is noted for it's considerable cold hardiness, much more than the species. It has survived below 0 F temperatures, extremely fast temperature drops in winter, hard, late winter freezes, and has never suffered a bit. Kashmir has widespread potential all across the south, but particularly so in the mid and upper south where severe winter temperatures will be experienced.