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?

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2002


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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