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Cedrus libani AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

cedar of Lebanon

Family

Pinaceae


Cedrus are large evergreen trees with needle-like leaves arranged spirally on young shoots, and in whorls on short spur-like side-shoots; ovoid cones break up to release the seeds while still attached to the tree

C. libani is an evergreen conifer making a large tree, developing a broad crown with tiered branching. Needles to 3cm, dark green, mostly whorled. Cones to 12cm, ovoid

Synonym(s)

  • Cedrus libani subsp. libani

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Good specimen tree but needs space to reach full potential. Grow in any well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free but susceptible to honey fungus