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PlantFiles: Lebanon Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon
Cedrus libani

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cedrus (SEE-drus) (Info)
Species: libani (LIB-an-ee) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The cedars of Lebanon are famous, not only from the Song of Solomon, but also as magnificent specimen trees on great parks and estates. They're grand evergreen trees that are wider than tall in maturity, with a flat top and stiffly horizontal branches. Mature trees can reach 100' tall and wide. It retains its lower branches into maturity, and needs space around it to show its unmistakable silhouette. Very picturesque.

It isn't clear to me whether var. stenocoma is actually hardier than the species (as is its reputation) or if it's simply less subject to snow and ice breakage because its horizontal branches aren't as long.

Slow-growing. Needs full sun and good deep well-drained soil. Also lots of space, lawn or meadow, surrounding it. Drought tolerant once established. Dirr gives its southern limit as Z7, at least on the east coast.

Positive slyperso1 On Oct 18, 2009, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Outstanding tree (probably my favorite cedar), my pic depicts its typical shape when mature, and is on the Lebanese flag.
Best look from far away; as you get closer it looses appeal. This tree does best in Mediterranean climate above 1000m, but as you can see does also well in humid Cincinnati Ohio (US).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fresno, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Reno, Nevada
Ithaca, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Orem, Utah

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