What Is The Faster Growing Cedar Tree? - Knowledgebase Question

Shelton, WA
Question by bstrohs
July 30, 2002
Which of the following 2 trees are the faster growing:
Calocedrus decurrens (incense cedar)or chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Port Orford Cedar? Which is the fuller, bushier of the two. Which one is prettier?


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Answer from NGA
July 30, 2002

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Calocedrus decurrens is slow growing at first, but once established can grow 2' per year. Expect mature height to be 75'-90'. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a slow-grower, reaching 30' at maturity. It has a dense, full appearance. So, if you're interested in in a bushy tree, Port Orford Cedar is the one for you. If you want a faster growing tree, choose Incense Cedar.

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