The cedar is a coniferous tree that is native to the Mediterranean and western Himalayan mountains. It is a tall evergreen tree with needle-like leaves that are arranged in an open spiral on long stems.
Cedar trees can grow to heights of over 120 feet. Some species grow to 180 feet. They have a light colored, spicy scented wood.
Cedar trees grow quickly and reach their full potential when they are planted in full sun and moist, well-drained soils. The leaves and wood should be protected from animals who value the trees as a food source.
The wood of the cedar tree has many different uses. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the wood is used for decks, fencing, homes and chests. It is a high quality carving wood that is also used for totem poles.