‘Kashmir’ was selected from cultivated material for its hardiness. The original tree was the only sapling planted out at the J. Franklin Styer Nurseries, Pennsylvania, to survive temperatures of –31°C (–23.8 °F) in early 1934. It was quickly propagated and promoted for this extreme hardiness and soon became a popular clone in North America and in Europe. It makes a tree very typical of the species generally, with normal habit and relatively long grey-green needles. (Krüssmann 1985; Auders & Spicer 2012).
In a transcript from a talk given in December 2003, Josef Knap tells us that it was ‘Kashmir’ that inspired Günther Horstmann to seek out particularly hardy forms of Deodar from Afghanistan’s Paktia Province in the 1970s, his introductions giving rise to the clones treated here under the Paktia Group. Knap adds that ‘Kashmir’ appears slightly two-toned in the spring, as the young growth in spring is pale yellow-green, contrasting with the duller grey-green of older growth until the new shoots darken in mid-summer. (Knap 2003).