California Incense-cedar, Libocedrus decurrens

tree of the family Cupressaceae (incense-cedar, Cypress, Juniper, Libocedrus, Arborvitae)

Etymology: from Greek, libas, "drop" or "tear", because of its resinous character, and kedros (Latin cedrus), because of its resemblance to the cedar.
Origin: New Zealand, New Caledonia.
Bark: fibrous, red.
Persistent foliage, composed of scales divided on ramified stems, enough resembling with the arborvitae (but stems are denser, more tight in the California Incense-cedar) and the incense-cedar. For a long time, incense-cedar and California Incense-cedar were merged.
Final flowers (in tip of stems), male and female distinct, on distinct branches.
Fruits: woody capsules of 1,5 cm long, oval and flattened, which tan of May at the end of the year. Fruits are raised, at the end of twigs.
Advices of planting:
Well water in the first years, if humidity is deficient. The California Incense-cedar needs light to grow: avoid planting it too much near an obstacle or in a shady zone, without what, it will grow inclined, in search of light. If you plant isolated in an area subject to wind, stake it until it reaches 4-5 m in height. This applies to any tree in port columnar, columnar or pyramidal.

There is a gilt variety Aureovariegata, very decorative:


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