How Fast Do Cedar Trees Grow?

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Cedars are tough, woody trees.

Cedar trees are hardy, evergreen and quick growing. This makes them an excellent choice for landscaping and for anyone who wishes to plant a tree and see it reach its full height.

Average Growth Rate

The average growth rate of cedar trees differs slightly by species, but most cedars have a medium to fast growth rate. Michael Dirr, in his "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," classifies a medium growth rate as 13 to 24 inches per year, and a fast growth rate as 25 inches or more.

Variation by Species

The deodar cedar, brought from the Himalayan mountains, has a medium growth rate. The eastern red cedar has a fast growth rate. The atlas cedar is one of the few slow growing cedars, with less that 12 inches of growth per year.

Maximum Height

The mature height of cedars generally ranges between 40 to 70 feet. Deodar cedars are among the tallest, with a mature height of over 200 feet in their native climate, and up to 70 feet in the United States. Atlas and eastern red cedars grow from 40 to 60 feet in height.


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