Habit: evergreen coniferous tree. Pyramidal when young, Calocedrus decurrens gathers irregularity in it’s structure with age. Branches are flattened vertically, apearing fan-like. Bark is reddish brown and broken into scales in young trees, turning into fibrous ridges. Small scale-like leaves are in whorls of four, aromatic when crushed. Flowering in January, with small red-brown cones maturing by the fall.
Ecology: growing in montane forests of the Coast Range and Cascades of Oregon and the Sierra Nevada of California. Often found in mixed conifer forests in canyons and slopes between 2000-8000 ft (600-2400 m)
Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Tolerating many different soil types.
Incense cedar lumber is used for many things including siding on houses, and is considered the best wood for making pencils.