The name kédros was applied by the Greeks to trees of aromatic woods: an oil used in perfumery is obtnained by distillation and gives some fragrance to its timber. The specific name is derived from the term devadara, meaning ‘tree of the gods’ in Sanskrit, the language of its homeland, the Himalayan region. There the cedar can exceed 500 years old and 50 meters high. In Seville, the longest-living specimens of this species are found in the Maria Luisa Park and the gardens of the Real Alcázar.
Cedarwood has been highly regarded since ancient times for its quality, durability and ease to work it, used for making furniture, sculptures or building temples Age: it is said in fact that the columns and beams of the Temple of Solomon Jerusalem were made of the large trunks of the cedars of Lebanon.
It was used in carpentry also in the Alcázar itself, it was believed that from such material was built the roof of the Hall of Carlos V or the Dome Hall of Ambassadors, which occupies the site of the former al-Turayya, the roof and the poet king and astronomer al-Mutamid commissioned for decoration in the eleventh century with the constellation of the Pleiades. Such was the consideration of cedar as hardwood that they tried to pass this dome of pine as cedar.