A majestic evergreen coniferous tree with large spreading branches. It delights in a deep well-drained gravelly loam and a sheltered situation where it grows to the height of from eighty to one hundred feet.
Cedrus Libani (the Cedar of Lebanon) is of similar habit to our Monterey Cypress, both as a young tree (when its habit is pyramidal) and as a full-grown specimen when it assumes the picturesque spreading form with horizontal branches and broad flat head of dark mossy-green foliage which is so greatly admired.
Cedrus Atlantica (from Mount Atlas) is very similar in appearance to Cedrus Libani, being, however, more pyramidal in habit and having a lighter, more glaucous-colored leaf. Cedrus Atlantica glauca, a silvery-leafed form of Cedrus Atlantica, is a most desirable variety on account of its striking, silvery-grey effect when planted among trees which have dark-green foliage. Cedrus Deodora (the East Indian Cedar) becomes a much larger tree than any other of the species, growing, under favorable conditions, to the height of two hundred feet and having a stem over ten feet in diameter. When young it is a gracefully pyramidal tree, densely set with leaves of a glaucous green.
Propagate by seeds sown one-eighth of an inch deep, in Spring or as soon as ripe.
Cedrus Libani. Young Specimen.