This Deodar Cedar is probably less than 50 years old and it is the only one planted in
the Cemetery.
The Deodar Cedar was introduced to Britain in the 1830’s as a potentially
commercially viable forest tree. It comes from the Himalayas and in its native habitat
can grow to 250ft, but the climate in this country prevented it from growing to
anything like this size and it is now planted as an ornamental tree. The name deodar
comes from the Sanskrit ‘devdar’ meaning ‘timber of the gods’. It is very strong but
also sweetly scented and is used in Pakistan for building temples as well as in
everyday construction. Unlike the Cedar of Lebanon, the branches of the Deodar
droop downwards. Cedars are easily identifiable, their needles being arranged in
round clusters along the branches, like Larches. The cones, c. 10cm, long are borne
on fairly mature trees. They take a year to ripen after which they shed their seeds
leaving a central spike or ‘candle’.

Tree Trail. Stop 16: Deodar Cedar