27 Incense Cedar Calocedrus decurrens

Family: Cupressaceae

A drought resistant tree from Western USA , it is strictly not a cedar (hence name calocedrus “like a cedar”). Despite its name it is not used for incense burning but the foliage is fragrant. The wood is soft and doesn’t splinter.. it is used for making pencils. Quite a few cultivars have been developed as garden trees. Incense cedar is usually a dense symmetrical conifer, but this one has suffered from the predominant north westerly winds.