Cedar


tree
Cedrus deodara, the Deodar, grows from western Nepal and into north Afghanistan. It belongs to the Pinaceae. It is the national tree of Pakistan and was introduced in 1831 by the Honorable Leslie Melville firstly into Scotland. Cedrus deodara is another elegant conifer with a conical top and significant drooping branches and shoots. The needles are longer, and the cones larger, than Cedrus libani. It has been widely planted as a decorative tree in estates, large gardens and parks. Cedrus deodara was given an Award of Garden Merit in 1984. It has not proved to be of commercial value in Britain although is used widely in Pakistan and India. The wood is fragrant and an oil is distilled from it.