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)

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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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 esta... read more

Positive

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).