California Christmas Tree

California Christmas Tree

California Christmas Tree
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Color Your World and Guzman’s Greenhouse will normally have this tree available year round.
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California Christmas Tree (Cedrus deodara)  tolerates alkaline soil making it a good choice for your southwest landscape.  Some folks think it will not grow here, believe me, it will. This beautiful tree is classified into the Pinaceae family and is a conifer, , meaning cone shape evergreen.

It will look great in the front entrance of any southwestern style landscaping home. Once established it will only need occasional watering perfect for the southwestern zones.

It is a moderate grower and will do great in full sun. Will grow up to 45ft. tall and about 25ft. wide. Color Your World Nurseries will usually have this type of tree in stock. It will get about 120 ft. tall in its native land Afghanistan, and India.


California Christmas Tree

Fertilize in spring summer and fall for good green growth. You can use a good 20-20-20 all-purpose fertilizer.  Ask for it at any local nursery or greenhouse store.

Problems with this tree.

It is susceptible to spider mites.  These are tiny mites that will damage the foliage of the tree.  Spraying with a good insecticide will kill these insects.  Spider mites thrive in dry hot conditions it’s important to check your tree often for these creatures.

Needle blight is a problem for most Conifers including this tree.  However, it is not as prevalent in the southwest due to the small amount of rainfall in the area.  It can contact the blight if conditions are right, too much water or overspray from the lawn sprinkler.  You can use a copper-based fungicide to help fight this disease.

Read more about needle blight on the website.

Check our page on insects and diseases on plants and trees.

The California Christmas Tree USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 – 11.

Check your USDA zone here. 

Color Your World and Guzman’s Greenhouse will normally have this tree available year round.
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