Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Cedrus deodara (Roxb. ex D.Don) G.Don
Black tag 23
Currently, three Cedrus species are listed: the deodar, the Atlas Cedar and the cedar of Lebanon, which now includes the Cyprus cedar; these are the true cedars
and they are all from the Old World (the word cedar is confusingly applied to many other conifers). The deodar is from
the Western Himalayas. Our deodar in the Botanic Gardens shown here is on the north side of the main
entrance path from the Stranmillis gate. The deodar can
usually be distinguished at a distance from other cedars by the drooping
tips of the branches. The needles are arranged spirally on young twigs, but
most of the needles are held in bunches on very short stubby branches. This
arrangement is similar to the larches. Unlike larches however, cedars are evergreen
not deciduous. The cones are produced in autumn and as with all cedars, the cones break up and shed their seed
while still attached to the tree, which pine cones don't do.
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2013. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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