This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This interesting tree is not very common in America. It suffers like many coniferous trees, from cold, frosty winds when young, but if protected a little till it is eight or ten years old by other trees or wind screens, it is as hardy as most other coniferous trees. But whether seen under culture or not, every thing relating to the Cedar of Lebanon has an interest.
In the lately published part of the Journal of the Linnean Society, Sir J. D Hooker published an account of the discovery of a variety of the Cedar of Lebanon by Sir Samuel Baker on the mountains of Cyprus. It is interesting to note that, though the botany of this island has often been examined, this is the first record of such a discovery. The trees were described by the monks of Trooditissa Monastery as existing only on the mountains between the monastery of Kyker and the town of Khrysokus. This is a pathless and almost inaccessible region. The monks considered the wood to be the Scriptural "Shittim wood." Sir Joseph Hooker describes the specimens forwarded to him through the kind offices of the Marquis of Salisbury as differing from the known forms of Cedrus in the shortness of their leaves and the smallness of the female cones. He thinks that the now far-separated cedars of the Himalaya, Lebanon, the Taurus, and Algeria were races of one formerly more generally distributed tree, and that their isolation was due to geographical and climatic changes in the area over which the species was distributed. Their isolation is now very great.
The nearest point to the Lebanon at which cedars have been up to this found is the Bulgar-dagh chain of the Taurus in Asia Minor, and from that point forests of C. Argentea extend eastward to Pisidia and northwards to the Anti Taurus. At a distance of some 1400 miles from the cedar forests of Asia Minor, and separated from them by the whole breadth of the Mediterranean Sea, are those of Algeria, containing the Atlas cedar (C. Atlantica). Proceeding eastward from the Lebanon we come after another 1400 miles to the cedar forests of Afghanistan, which extend thence continuously eastward along the Himalaya almost to the confines of Nepaul. This cedar (C. Deodara) is perhaps the most distinct in habit of the three forms. As to the Cyprus cedar, Sir Joseph Hooker says that, in size of cone and size, form and coior of leaf, it approaches the Algerian far more closely than it does any Taurian, Himalayan or Lebanon oedar.