Identifying the type of cedar definitely requires an experienced eye as the different species of cedars come with their own different features in terms of height, crown spread and diameter, leaf and cone size, habitat, adaptation, etc. Cedars are evergreen trees that can grow between 30 to 70 meters in height depending upon the species.
How to Care for a Cedar Tree
Take a healthy, semi-woody (neither too soft, nor too hard) cutting in summer and clear the leaves on the lower part of it. Dip it in a rooting solution and plant it in a well-drained moist medium.
For seeds, collect cones that are brown and not completely open. Gently force open the cone and quickly collect the seeds before they get dispersed, as they are winged and tend to fly away. Seeds of some species, like the white cedar, require a couple of hours of pre-soaking before sowing them.
Place them in a location that receives partial sunlight. One can sow seeds individually in Styrofoam cups too. Once the seedling becomes 6-12 inches tall, it is ready for transplantation.
Choose a location bearing in mind the eventual size of the tree, either in full or partial sunlight. The area should not be prone to water logging or flooding.
Build a berm around the young cedar tree and fill it with water. One must ensure that the soil does not dry out for the first couple of months, but water cautiously as too much of it will cause the roots to start rotting.
Weed well around the cedar; the roots of this tree are vulnerable to disturbances, so make sure they do not get hit or jerked while weeding or tilling around its soil. The cedar does not require much fertilizing; just once in a year is sufficient.
Prune cedar in spring, to downsize or to shape it. Damaged or broken branches must be sawed with sharp cuts, as jagged ones damage the plant. Never prune after July, as the next season's growth in the form of buds already starts. Cedar grows fast and most species grow several inches annually, so know the size you want for your tree and prune accordingly.