Cedrus libani

Lebanese Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon

Similar to the Atlas Cedar, this tree is native to dry the warmth of Lebanon and Turkey.

Features: Majestic and distinctive shape and profile. More tolerant or robust than some other Cedars.
Applications: Parks, large gardens, golf courses, large avenues, urban sites.
Description As seen on the Lebanese flag, this Cedar grows to be a tall and wide tree with large, appealing asymetrical branches and spreading, somewhat pendulous branch tips. They can be very picturesque. With its strong branch strength the tree often occurs naturally with multiple-leaders, but most nursery-grown trees will have a single central trunk from which the branches will reach out. On sites with good drainage, the Lebanese Cedar is widely tolerant of most soil types, can handle limited rainfall with its deep roots and enjoys warm conditions. It handles urban environments, is mostly frost-hardy and does not need the shelter from wind that some other Cedars do. Closely related to the Atlas Cedar, the Lebanese Cedar will grow less tall with a flatter crown and larger cones.
Availability: Champion Lakes, Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 15-30
Mature spread: 6-20
Canopy: Initially very conical, asymetrical and later flat-crowned and spreading. Moderate to dense shade.
Growth rate: Moderately fast at first, then slow.
Cautions: Likes warmth. May grow with multiple leaders.
Tolerances: Handles urban environments, lower rainfall and wind. Is frost hardy.
Sun demands: Grow in full sun
Soil demands: Handles most well-drained soils, acid to alkaline, moderately dry to moist.
Water demands: Low
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Pinaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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