Cedrus libani PRONUNCIATION:
SEE-drus luh-BAWN-e COMMON NAME: Cedar-of-Lebanon
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. are 4 sided, broader than tall in cross-section, stiff and dark green in color.
Needles BUDS: Small, oval, brown.
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.
var. stenocoma - hardier form with a stiff habit.
`Sargentii' - dwarf form to 5'