Cedrus deodara

Cedrus deodara 'Eiswinter'

Cedrus deodara ‘Eiswinter’

Cedrus deodara 'Eiswinter' in May

Cedrus deodara ‘Eiswinter’ in May

Cedrus deodara 'Pygmy' in July

Cedrus deodara ‘Pygmy’ in July

(Revised 17 December 2013)
Cedrus deodara (common name Himalayan cedar) is not supposed to be hardy to my area. Like Cedrus alantica, I will always be tempted to try it whenever I can get hold of it somewhere in Ontario nurseries.

Cedrus deodara ‘Eiswinter’

Cedrus deodara ‘Eiswinter’

So I took a chance. According to Buchholz:”…with a narrow upright form. Selected for blue-green foliage and hardiness-up to -18 degrees F”. Unfortunately, the temperature has just shot below -25C last night. So, most likely, it was cooked.

Cedrus deodara ‘Pygmy’

This plant has survived quite a few winters in my garden, but has not experienced a ‘real’ Canadian winter yet. The immediate challenge it faces is the voles that insist on living underneath it, and feeding on its roots. Instead of growing, it is shrinking, but not because of the weather.

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