Areas of origin: Mountains of the oriental Mediterranean Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, from 1000 to 2000 m (1094-2187yds). Introduced in 1683.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 50 m (164'), width up to 20 m (65.6').
Soil Type: All except for in stagnant water.
Hardiness: Hardy to -16°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Properties and uses:
It is the pattern of the branches that give this beautiful tree its character. Planted alone in parks it is also used to create magnificent avenues. Bonsai enthusiasts use this species to work on. Some trees are hundreds of years old. The wood is very strong, fragrant and resistant to moisture and termites such as those found in the temples of the Middle East and India. Can be used for veneers.
List of Cedars:
• Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica), extremely sought after by bonsai connoisseurs
• Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodara), long weeping branches.
• Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca Pendula), its weeping shape makes it quite an exceptional tree.