|The Deodar, breathing at night, and dreaming of its Himalayan home.|
The Deodar tree, or Cedrus deodara, (also called the Deodar Cedar), is, like so many of us, far from home. The tree, which has a distinctly alpine look to it -- a look that seems slightly out of place next to Mexican fan palms -- is native to the western Himalayas, in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, northern India, southwestern Tibet, and western Nepal. Its native habitat is relatively high: 4,921–10,499 ft.
|Deodar, flanked by Mexican fan palms, north of Colorado|
The tree is sacred in Hinduism. "Deodar" comes from from the Sanskrit term devadāru, which means "wood of the gods" (deva (god, divine, deity; cf. deus) + dāru (wood; cf. durum, druid, true)). Ancient Hindu epics apparently frequently mention Darukavana -- forests of deodars -- as sacred places.
|Row of Deodars on Dahlia|
|Detail with incipient cones.|
|Deodar in the California morning sun.|