Deodar cedar is one of only four species of “true” cedars in the world, none of which contrary to popular belief, are native to North America. What some people consider cedar in the U.S. are actually junipers. Deodar cedar is native to the Himalayas, where it grows between 3,500 and 12,000 feet elevation. It is an important timber species in India but has been logged out in much of its former range.
In the U.S., Deodar cedar is used an ornamental and can grow to a height of 150 feet. More typically, though, they stay less than 50 feet tall but specimens in their native range, more than 200 feet tall, have been found. Essential oils extracted from deodar and from cedar of Lebanon have been used in Asia as an antiseptic and to treat tuberculosis.
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