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Cedrus deodara 'Devinely Blue'

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Description

Wider than it is tall, 'Devinely Blue' is a semi-dwarf evergreen cultivar in the Pinaceae (pine) family.  The cultivar name is derived the from last name of Bill Devine, a plant propagator at Angelica Nurseries in Maryland, where this seedling was first discovered.  Sometimes it is "misspelled" as 'Divinely Blue', which is the correct spelling of the word, but the incorrect spelling of his last name.

When young, it takes on a mounding form with a flat top.  As it ages, it will have a more conical or pyramidal shape.  The, long for this genus, needles are attractive and unique light blue-green and they surround branches with drooping tips.  Its lower branches will sit near the ground surface, typically having a one foot clearance.  

The growth rate is slow to medium,  adding about 6 inches a year and reaching up to 5 feet in height and 6 feet in width after about 10 years.  However, the life expectancy of this showy specimen can reach 50 plus years

Plant in the full sun in well drained acidic soil.  This plant prefers dry soils, and is quite drought tolerant so do not overwater.   A somewhat sheltered location will benefit the overall performance of this beauty. It can be pruned to shape, but will look its best when left in nature's hands.

'Divinely Blue' is resistant to verticillium wilt, browsing by deer, and is also toleartes the heat and. humidity of southern summers.

Plant in a large container, along a lawn, or in a rock or drought tolerant garden.  Use it as an accent plant, its fine textured needles look great behind other green plants.  Those showy blue needles make also make it a great choice for winter interest in the landscape.  Because of its short stature it can be planted under powerlines. 

Quick ID:  

  • All Cedrus genus members have new needles that are born singly on stems
  • Needles are triangular to quadrangular in cross-section
  • Female wood barrel-shaped cones sit on top of branches.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant cannot tolerate wet to poorly drained soils.

More information on Cedrus deodara.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Mountain Ridge Top Garden - South Lawn and Border Mountain Ridge Top Garden - North Woods
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#needles#conifer#showy leaves#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#erosion control#year-round interest#disease resistant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#frost tolerant#groundcover#long lifespan#humidity tolerant#compact habit#dry soils tolerant#winter garden#semi-dwarf#wet soils intolerant#dense growth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#needles#conifer#showy leaves#winter interest#dwarf#accent plant#erosion control#year-round interest#disease resistant#needled evergreen#deer resistant#frost tolerant#groundcover#long lifespan#humidity tolerant#compact habit#dry soils tolerant#winter garden#semi-dwarf#wet soils intolerant#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cedrus
    Species:
    deodara
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Textural
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Verticillium wilt
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Conical
    Irregular
    Spreading
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Description:
    Cone
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Filiform
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The stiff, rigid, attractive foliage is unique, blue-green to powder blue. Longer needles than other species. New spring growth is a gray/green.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Has a short, sturdy trunk.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity