Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Cedrus deodara

Tag 010
54 deg 34.995N
5 deg 56.140W
There are only four true cedars (the Deodar, the Atlas Cedar, the Cedar of Lebanon and the Cyprus Cedar) and they are all from the Old World. The deodar is from the Western Himalayas. The tree shown here is on the north side of the main entrance path from the Stranmillis gate of the Botanic Gardens. The deodar can usually be distinguished at a distance from the other cedars by the drooping tips of the branches. The needles are arranged spirally on young twigs, but most of the needles are held in bunches on very short stubby branches. This arrangement is similar to the larches. Unlike the larches, the cedars are evergreen not deciduous. The cones are produced in autumn and as with all the cedars, the cones break up and shed their seed while still attached to the tree, rather than fall as a unit as pine cones do.
Deodar in Belfast Botanic Gardens The tips of the branches in deodar turn down
Deodar in Belfast Botanic Gardens The tips of the branches in deodar turn down

Young male cones of deodar

male cone of deodar

Young male cones on the lower branches Detail of male cones and bunches of needles on short shoots

long and short shoots of deodar

leaf tip of deodar
Twig showing spirally arranged leaves on youngest growth (left) and a bunch of leaves on a short shoot, typical of older branches. transparent tip to leaf

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2013. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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