Cedrus libani
Cedrus libani
Cedar of Lebanon

Cedrus libani


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The charismatic and beautiful Cedrus libani is much loved in Britain, featuring in parkland and stately homes. The young tree has clusters of needles borne on slim branches but over time it develops into the familiar, stately tree with wonderfully horizontal branches. Native to the mountainous regions of the Middle East, it adapts happily to the British climate.

Cedar of Lebanon is the national emblem of Lebanon (featured on its flag) and carries powerful religious and cultural significance. It was first discovered in the Lebanese mountain ranges of western Syria and introduced to the West. Earlier, in 1646, Dr Pocock, professor of Arabic at Oxford, planted it in his rectory in Childrey, Oxfordshire.


The mature tree has dark, fibrous bark and produces barrel-shaped cones in autumn. Fully grown it is only suitable for a very large garden, estate or parkland but it can be a great point of interest in large school grounds or as a focal point in a suitable area of public or common land.

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full sun
  • All aspects

These large, tiered trees with a broad crown require no pruning even when young, they simply need ample space and, like any other conifer, need appropriate watering while establishing


Wonderfully pine scented foliage and scented wood