Conifer Trees: Calocedrus
To be botanically correct this genus should be listed under Calocedrus , but as the most commonly used name for the species mentioned below is Libocedrus..
Large tree. After ten years: 2 – 2.5m. Ultimate Height: 30-35m.
The “Incense Cedar” is a very distinct and beautiful tree and although eventually becoming large it is sufficiently slow in growth to be a useful garden conifer. It makes a broad column of rich green, the colour being held throughout the year. The branches are short, the flattened foliage sprays fan-shaped. This species retains its bottom branches even on old specimens, a point in its favour as a garden plant. For a very large garden a grouping of three or more plants can be most effective especially where they can be viewed from some distance.
Calocedrus decurrens ‘Aureovariegata’
Medium Tree. After ten years: 2m. Ultimate Height: 15-20m.
This cultivar is slower growing than the species, having similar habit and foliage, but the leaves are irregularly splashed with gold, making a most attractive and ornamental tree.