cedar of Lebanon Pinaceae Cedrus
libani A. Rich. [excluded]
|Leaf: Evergreen needles; 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, sharp pointed; occur singly on new growth and than in large clusters later on spur shoots; dark green to gray-green; remaining on the tree for 3 to 6 years.
Flower: Species is monoecious; male cones 2 to 3 inches long, pale yellow on the lower parts of crown; female cones erect, purplish.
Fruit: Upright cones, 3 to 4 inches long and 3 inches across; deciduous scales; initially green and purplish, then later turning a reddish brown when mature, usually resinous, requires two years to mature and developing cones are often quite conspicuous.
Twig: Slender, with numerous short spur shoots, branches spread horizontally; buds are very small and round.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray-brown, later developing short furrows with scaly ridge tops and becoming darker.
Form: Young trees have a pyramidal crown that becomes wider with age; branches spread into horizontal layers. In the landscape it can reach 80 feet tall but becomes much taller in its native range.
Looks like: Atlas cedar
- Deodar cedar
- European larch
| Additional Range Information:
Cedrus libani is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson