The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Deodar Cedrus deodara


Origin: unlike the other two common cedars - Lebanon and Atlas - this is a native of the Himalayas. It was introduced in 1831 and is commonly planted in parks and gardens.

The foliage of the three cedars is very similar and identification is done more on the shape of the tree. All three have needles in radiating clusters, those of Deodar are the longest.

In Deodar the tips of the branches, especially on young shoots droop - shown clearly in the photograph. A useful guide to the three cedars is:

Deodar Cedar branches DESCEND
Atlantic Cedar branches ASCEND
Lebanon Cedar branches are LEVEL

The cones are spherical in shape and sit on top of the branches.

At Keele : There are a number of Deodars on campus and they include; near the fountain by Keele Hall - compartment 23, square M11, tag 7508; between Tawney Building and Walter Moberly Hall - compartment 44c, square L7, tags 3642 and 3643; and lining the road leading to Larchwood - square I8.