Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for Jan 21st - Feb 11th, 2008
This is the immature cone of the weeping deodar cedar, Cedrus deodara 'Pendula'.
Deodar cedar, or just "deodar" is a large stately conifer with horizontal spreading branches,
a conical shape and long, dark blue-green needles. The name "deodar" is derived from modern Indian
language derivatives of the Sanskrit name 'devdar', meaning "timber of the gods". The cultivar 'Pendula'
(a.k.a. 'Prostrata') has long, weeping branches and rarely grows no higher than 10 ft. The cones are upright,
3 to 4 inches long and 3 inches across; they are initially green and purplish, then later turning a reddish brown
when mature and are usually resinous. Deodar is one of the most popular landscaping cedars in America. Once established,
deodar is drought tolerant and is hardy USDA Hardiness Zones 7-9.
You can find this graceful evergreen conifer in the Gotelli Collection of Dwarf and Slow Growing Conifers.