Habit: evergreen coniferous tree. Pyramidal when young, Calocedrus decurrens gathers irregularity in it’s structure with age. Branches are flattened vertically, apearing fan-like. Bark is reddish brown and broken into scales in young trees, turning into fibrous ridges. Small scale-like leaves are in whorls of four, aromatic when crushed. Flowering in January, with small red-brown cones maturing by the fall.
Ecology: growing in montane forests of the Coast Range and Cascades of Oregon and the Sierra Nevada of California. Often found in mixed conifer forests in canyons and slopes between 2000-8000 ft (600-2400 m)
Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Tolerating many different soil types.
Incense cedar lumber is used for many things including siding on houses, and is considered the best wood for making pencils.
Evergreen Coniferous Tree
30-80 ft (9-24 m)
10-20 ft (3-6 m)