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Cedrus deodara 'Aurea'

"Golden Cedar"

Common Name

"Golden Cedar"


10m high x 5m wide after 25 years


Enjoys a sunny bright area that is sheltered from winds. It performs well on most soils which are free draining but will become strained in wet locations and high pH levels. Used for its graceful beauty and large size throughout stately gardens and parkways


A graceful canopy structure with a distinct central leader that elegantly droops over at its top. The branches are lateral which also droop pendula at their tips

First introduced to England in 1831 by the Hon. Leslie Melville. These first trees didn’t thrive particularly well and suddenly began dying after 30 years. It was believed a fungal infection had taken hold, but the Victorians enjoying the graceful beauty of the tree persevered planting and with great success. The trees matured to old ages in their estates, and new plantings continue to thrive today.

An elegant and refined tree that is native to the Himalayas. It is quite pyramidal when young with a single central leader. This gracefully droops over at its top in a relaxed handsome manner. The branches are lateral which emphasises the drooping tips that are pendula at their ends. As it matures, it broadens out becoming flatter. Its is a little slower growing than the standard Himalayan cedar.

Its foliage are groups of needles which are clustered together in bundles of 30. They are a charming lemon green with a fresh vivid appearance. The Aurea’s new shoots covering the tree are a lighter, vibrant yellow which suggests a beautiful appearance of summer rain. It’s a tree which always seems to have someone sitting beneath it, drawn to its beauty. Even on the hottest days it suggests a cool refreshing location.

A beautiful tree used in the UK simply for the its graceful appearance. Ideal for parks, high-end business parks and prominent designer gardens.