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CEDRUS libani ssp. stenocoma
Hardy Cedar of Lebanon
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Among the world’s most stately of evergreen conifers, cedar of Lebanon subspecies stenocoma is the most winter hardy of all true cedars, surviving into protected parts of USDA zone 4. This eastern Mediterranean native tree, from the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, has slow growth and eventually develops a rigid, stiffened and pyramidal to almost column-like form. Its branches are covered in bright green then gray-green to dark green needles when older. With time, the trunks and branches become very picturesque, especially when viewed from under the canopy, being fissured and brown to black in tone. The female cones are held upright on the tree branches and are large, egg-shaped and ripen to dull green to brown, while the smaller male cones are elongate and shed copious amounts of gold-tan pollen in spring.
This large tree should have full sun and ample room to attain its fullest and most beautiful growth. Hardy cedar of Lebanon is extremely adaptable, growing well on a wide range of soil pH and types although it will not tolerate soggy soils. This is regarded as the most cold hardy of the true cedars. Use it as a majestic, fatherly specimen tree for park or campus lawn.
8 - 3
4 - 8
H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun
70'-90' / 21.3m - 27.4m
25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m
Mediterranean, Turkey, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Brown, Sandy Brown
Light Green, Gray Green, Dark Green
Gray Green, Dark Green
Feature Plant, Shade Trees
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