Cendrus libaniCedrus libani

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Cedrus libani
  • PRONUNCIATION: SEE-drus luh-BAWN-e
  • COMMON NAME: Cedar-of-Lebanon
  • FAMILY: Pinaceae
  • NATIVITY: Taurus Mountains, Turkey, Lebanon.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Stiffly pyramidal in youth, becoming a stately flat-topped tree in maturity.
  • SIZE: 50 - 60' to 120' in the wild.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 8.
  • CULTURE: Sun and well drained, loose soil. Dirr states that this
    plant requires a pollution free environment, yet there is a plant at the
    University of Delaware Botanic Gardens in the middle of a parking lot.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Stately specimen tree. A bird-attracting tree.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, typically in whorls of 30- 40 needles per spur, 3/4 - 1 1/2" long.
    Needles
    are 4 sided, broader than tall in cross-section, stiff and dark green in color.
  • BUDS: Small, oval, brown.
  • BARK: Brown.
  • FRUIT: Cone borne singly, stalked, 3 - 5" long by 2 - 2 1/2" wide. Apex of cone flattened or slightly depressed.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cultivars are grafted.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS:
    • var. stenocoma - hardier form with a stiff habit.
    • `Sargentii' - dwarf form to 5'

 

 

 

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