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ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Devdar, Himalayan Cedar, Deodar cedar • Hindi: देवदार Devdar • Tamil: Devadaram • Malayalam: Devataram • Telugu: Devadaru • Kannada: ದೇವದಾರು Devadaru • Sanskrit: देवदार Devdar • Nepali: देवदार Deodaar, दियार Diyaar, दियाल Diyaal
Botanical name: Cedrus deodara    Family: Pinaceae (Pine family)

Deodar is a very elegant ornamental tree, commonly found on the slopes of Western Himalayas. It is a large evergreen coniferous tree reaching 40-50 m tall, exceptionally 60 m, with a trunk up to 3 m diameter. It has a conic crown with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets. The leaves are needle-like, mostly 2.5-5 cm long, occasionally up to 7 cm long, slender (1 mm thick), borne singly on long shoots, and in dense clusters of 20-30 on short shoots; they vary from bright green to glaucous blue-green in colour. The female cones are barrel-shaped, 7-13 cm long and 5-8 cm broad, and disintegrate when mature (in 12 months) to release the winged seeds. The male cones are 4-6 cm long, and shed their pollen in autumn.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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