Friday, April 18, 2008

The Cedar of Lebanon

The Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is in my opinion the most renown Evergreen tree of all time. It was valued by the Ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Arabs, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Greeks and others. Its value stems from its resistant wood, its aromatic resin and it value as a robust ornamental tree for stately gardens.
The leaves of the Lebanese Cedar tree grow on the ends of short stems like the one in the image above. These little clusters of leaves "needles" are often referred to as rosettes. On the Lebanese Cedar these clusters contain anywhere from 30 to 40 individual needle like leaves that are just under one inch in length (2cm). The Atlas Cedar is very similar to its Lebanese cousin.
The seed cones of the Cedar of Lebanon grow upright much like fir cones and disintegrate while still on the branch. The image below shows the difference between the Lebanese (left) and Himalayan (right) ceder species. As you can see the Himalayan Cedar has longer leaves and fewer on each rosette.

1 comment:

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    Best of Lebanon