Cedar of Lebanon

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Cedrus libani
Lebanon Cedar in the Forest of the Cedars of God.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Cedrus
Species: C. libani
Binomial name
Cedrus libani

The Cedar of Lebanon is a large coniferous tree of the cedrus genus, it is native to the eastern Mediterranean Sea from Lebanon to Turkey. The tree grows to a maximum height of 40m and 10m wide, with a trunk of 2.5m covered in thick, scaly, black, grey-brown bark. When young it is conical in shape but as it matures it becomes flatter on top and more open in structure. The pointed, needle-shaped leaves are glaucous-blue to dark green in colour, 4 sided and about 2.5 cm long. The female cones are a dullish green when young, maturing to brown, 6-10cm long and barrel-shaped.[1]

The Cedar of Lebanon has great landscaping value and is widely planted in park and large gardens.

Lebanon Cedar in Barouk, Lebanon

References[change | change source]

  1. The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Ed.,Christopher Brickell, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1996. ISBN 1751304360. p241