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C O M M O N  N A M E : Cedar of Lebanon
O R I G I N :  Lebanon, Turkey, Syria
F A M I L Y : Pinaceae
Z O N E :  5 to 8
T Y P E :  Needled evergreen
H E I G H T :  avg. 40 to 60'
S U N :  Full sun
S O I L : Well-drained, acidic loams
M O I S T U R E : Medium
 

T A G S :  specimen, conifer, monoecious, drought tolerant, quality timber, resins, oil, furniture construction


D E S C R I P T I O N

In morning light, the steadied and horizontal spread of a matured Lebanon Cedar's needled limbs, reflect warm green. In youth it grows with a statuesque, pyramidal form and develops into an open structure over time. It's rate of growth being slow, the silhouette feels both constant and measured.

F O L I A G E   &   C O N E 

Branchlets are densely arranged. 30 to 40 dark green leaves emerge from a single spur and appear as miniature star-shaped bursts. Arranged in a spiral, the leaf type is simple, the margin entire, the venation parallel. 

At 3 to 6" in length and rounded, the folds of a mature female cone mimic the delicateness of a rose in bloom and the scales come apart just as easily. 

T R U N K

A wide and stout trunk is greyish-light brown in appearance and becomes deeply textured and fissured with age. In youth, the crown is conical; in maturity it becomes flattened and broad. 

 

C A R E  

Give the Lebanon Cedar ample space and full sunlight for its best growth - it is not shade-tolerant. Pruning should not be excessive and employed primarily for maintenance and to rear a single trunk. Keep its environment pollution-free. 

 

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S O U R C E S

"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," by Michael Dirr.

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