Definition of incense cedar in US English:

incense cedar


  • A columnar cedar with scale-like leaves that smell of turpentine when crushed, found chiefly in mountainous areas of California and Oregon and grown as an ornamental in Europe.

    Calocedrus decurrens, family Cupressaceae

    • ‘About 1/2 mile farther south, the trail leaves sunny terrain for cooler slopes shaded by sugar and Jeffrey pines, Douglas fir, and incense cedar trees.’
    • ‘Over the hilly five acres grow native black oak, incense cedar, white fir and Coulter, knobcone, sugar and ponderosa pines.’
    • ‘To further preserve the slope, workers also spread seeds of species such as the Taiwan incense cedar and Zelkova Formosan trees, hoping the trees' root systems will eventually bind the fragile slope soil together.’
    • ‘We're standing in a deserted picnic grove among the cinnamon-colored trunks of incense cedars.’
    • ‘Many of the needle evergreens including yew, arborvitae, hemlock, and incense cedar make fine hedges.’