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Calocedrus decurrens - Californian Incense Cedar - 10 Pre-Treated Seeds

Calocedrus decurrens - Californian Incense Cedar - 10 Pre-Treated Seeds

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Calocedrus decurrens - Californian Incense Cedar - 10 Pre-Treated Seeds

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Calocedrus decurrens - Californian Incense Cedar

This is a listing for 10 pre-treated and germinating seeds of this beautiful tree.

Calocedrus decurrens (California incense cedar, also sold as Libocedrus decurrens) is a species of conifer native to western North America, with the bulk of the range in the United States, from central western Oregon through most of California and the extreme west of Nevada, and also a short distance into northwest Mexico in northern Baja California. It grows at altitudes of 50–2900 m.

C. decurrens is a large tree, typically reaching heights of 40–60 m and a trunk diameter of up to 3 m (maximum recorded being 69 m tall and 4.5 m diameter), with a broad conic crown of spreading branches. The bark is orange-brown weathering grayish, smooth at first, becoming fissured and exfoliating in long strips on the lower trunk on old trees. The foliage is produced in flattened sprays with scale-like leaves 2–15 mm long; they are arranged in opposite decussate pairs, with the successive pairs closely then distantly spaced, so forming apparent whorls of four; the facial pairs are flat, with the lateral pairs folded over their bases. The leaves are bright green on both sides of the shoots.

The seed cones are 20–35 mm long, pale green to yellow, with four (rarely six) scales arranged in opposite decussate pairs; the outer pair of scales each bears two winged seeds, the inner pair(s) usually being sterile and fused together in a flat plate. The cones turn orange to yellow-brown when mature about 8 months after pollination. The pollen cones are 6–8 mm long.

The wood is the primary material for wooden pencils, because it is soft and tends to sharpen easily without forming splinters.

It is also a popular ornamental tree, valued for its drought tolerance. It is also grown particularly in cool summer climates (notably eastern Great Britain and elsewhere in northern Europe, and in parts of the northern Pacific Northwest of North America) for its very narrow columnar crown. This narrow crown is not restricted to selected cultivars but is an unexplained consequence of the climatic conditions in these areas, and is not shown by trees in the wild.

It is hardy in Zones 7 - 11 (although it is marginal in Zone 6 and can grow there in a sheltered location).  It makes an ideal subject for bonsai training.

Full growing instructions can be downloaded from my shop, details on my 'ME' page.


 

Please read the listing thoroughly so that you understand what it is you will be purchasing.  If you have questions, please ask them before purchase as this is the time any queries, ambiguities or simple misunderstandings can be readily resolved.  You may download the instruction sheets at any time by following the links from my about 'ME' page (shown after my username at the top of any listing).

All seeds sold are fresh and are stored in conditions suitable to promote the viability of that particular type of seed. 

Germinating seeds and growing plants are subject to many other factors including the conditions under which they are raised (including but not limited to: Light, moisture, soil, humidity) and the skill of the individual grower.  As the vendor, such  factors are completely outside of my control and all seeds and plants are supplied on this basis.

The seed count forms an important part of the listing.  All counts are exact, the only exception being where the seed is small and difficult to count accurately - in this case the count should be taken to be the minimum we will provide.


 
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Variety Cedars
Type Seeds
Condition New
Sub-Type Trees


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