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Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon)

Cedar of Lebanon, Cedrus libani subsp. libani


One of the most cold hardy cedars, Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) is a large evergreen coniferous tree of tightly pyramidal habit in youth, developing a flat-topped crown adorned with horizontally tiered branches with age. The trunk can be massive and is usually multi-stemmed. The stiff, dark green, four-sided needles are produced on short shoots in rosettes of 30 to 40 and remain on the tree for 3 to 6 years. The upright, pollen-bearing, yellow cones, 2 in. long (5 cm), appear from summer through fall on the end of the short shoots. The erect seed cones, up to 4 in. long (10 cm), are green and purplish when young, turning a reddish brown when mature. Usually resinous, they require two years to mature. This conifer is the national emblem of Lebanon, and is prominent both on the Lebanese flag and its coat of arms. King Solomon's temple was said to be constructed from this wood 3,000 years ago. A slow grower, it is a stately addition to the garden.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 40-60 ft. tall and wide (12-18 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in medium moisture, well-drained soils.Drought tolerant once established.
  • Easy to grow, easy to care for . No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphis and honey fungus.
  • No pruning required.
  • Native to Syria, Southwestern Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cedrus - Cedars
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cedrus - Cedars
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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