Cedrus libani at Victoria Park

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Cedrus libani
April 2015

Grid reference ST 15469 76862
Common name Cedar of Lebanon
Origin Asia Minor and Syria
Deciduous No
Height 17M March 2015
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 170

This tree is close to the paddling pool and Park Ranger's office.

Cedrus libani bark

Cedrus libani bark
March 2015

Cedrus libani foliage

Cedrus libani foliage
early June 2015

Cedrus libani cone

Cedrus libani old cones
early June 2015

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Cedrus libani cones
early June 2015

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Cedrus libani cones
late August 2015

General tree description

Cedrus libani can grow up to 35 to 40 metres tall. It has a conic crown when young, and develops a flattened top with age. The bark is dark greyish-brown and becomes deeply cracked and fissured with age. The branches are relatively level, giving the tree a tiered appearance, and there are both long and short shoots. The leaves are needle-like, spaced out on the long shoots, and in clusters of 15 to 45 on the short shoots; they are typically 2 to 3.5cm in length, and vary from green to glaucous blue-green. The seed cones are 8 to 12cm long and barrel-shaped, without a sunken top, and tapering more than those of the Atlas cedar. They are green at first, becoming purplish-grey in their second year. After three years the scales start to bulge and the cones break up.