The cedar tree is a coniferous evergreen variety that is native to the Himalayan Mountains and areas in the Mediterranean. The cedar is available in several varieties that are compatible in USDA growing zones 3 through 9, depending on the growing climate and tree hardiness. Cedar trees are planted as an ornamental feature in landscapes or grown for their decay-resistant, scented wood that is used for building materials and as a natural moth repellent.
Choose a cedar tree variety that is compatible with your USDA growing zone. This ensures that the tree is compatible with the climate you are planting it in and grows as desired for the landscape.
Plant the cedar tree in a location that offers full sun and a well-draining, alkaline soil. Test the soil pH with a home test kit to verify the pH of the planting area. Add limestone to the soil to raise the pH number and make the soil more alkaline if needed.
Plant the cedar tree in the spring after there is no longer a risk of frost, and the ground has begun to warm up. Dig a hole that is deep enough to accommodate the root ball and at the same depth as the container the tree came in.
Water the cedar daily for the first year after planting to stimulate root growth for tree establishment. Water the tree to keep the soil moist during the hot growing season. Some cedar tree varieties are considered drought-resistant but require moisture for proper root growth.
Place a 2- to 3-inch layer of cedar mulch around the base of the tree to assist with moisture retention, weed control and root protection.
Apply organic fertilizer around the base of the cedar tree in the spring and fall season each year after planting. Blood meal or composted manure are good options that will not cause burn to the tree.
Prune the cedar tree in the late winter or early spring dormant season after the first year of growth to remove dead branches. Prune to shape the cedar tree as desired. Do not prune or cut cedar branches during the first year of growth and root establishment, as this hinders tree growth.