Port Orford Cedar
A very large, slender conifer with a trunk to 70 m (230 ft.) tall and to about 4 m (13 ft.) in diameter. The foliage consists of fine, pinnately arranged branchlets, densely covered with tiny, scale-like leaves. It is native only to southwesternmost Oregon and northernmost California, where it is found between sea level and nearly 2000 m (6600 ft.) usually as part of a mixed coniferous forest. In cultivation it is adaptable to many soils and is best suited to cold, humid climates in the USDA hardiness zones 6 to 8. It is hardy to very severe freezes. Seeds should be sown in spring. Best results are obtained when seeds are cold stratified after a warm month. Germination is sporadic and can take well over a year. The wood of this cedar is highly prized and particularly popular with the Japanese. Unfortunately most old-growth have been logged today and many surviving ones are affected by Phytophthora root rot.