Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Cedrus deodara.
The plant yields a medicinal essential oil by distillation of the wood, it is used in the treatment of phthisis, bronchitis, blennorrhagia and skin eruptions. A resin obtained from the wood is used externally to treat bruises, skin diseases and injuries to joints. The bark is astringent. It has proved useful in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea and dysentery. In Ayurvedic medicine the leaves are used in the treatment of tuberculosis.An oil obtained from the seed is diaphoretic. It is applied externally to treat skin diseases.
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This species is the least hardy of the genus and does not always succeed outdoors in Britain although some clones are hardy down to zone 5 and grow well in this country. The hardiest forms come from the west of its range. Trees thrive best in the cooler and moister areas of Britain. Small trees less than 50cm tall establish much more quickly and better than taller trees, those that are more than 2 metres tall are difficult to establish. Larger trees will check badly and hardly put on any growth for several years. This also badly affects root development and wind resistance. Plants are said to live for up to 600 years in the wild. New growth takes place from May to the end of September and can exceed 1 metre per year, slowing down as the tree gets larger and virtually ceasing by the time the tree is 20 metres tall. This species is sometimes cultivated for timber in some parts of S. Europe. Small male cones are formed on the lower branches of trees, whilst the larger female cones are formed on higher branches. These female cones persist on the tree for 2 - 3 years before breaking up. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus.The whole plant is aromatic.
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