Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus libani

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 125-150cm
£78.00
30L pot size / 150-175cm
£144.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

CEDRUS LIBANI - Cedar Of Lebanon

Characteristics

When fully mature the Cedar of Lebanon as is truly a stunning tree that stands out in the landscape. Growing to heights of over 40m (130ft) it has a tiered, wide spreading canopy with a distinctive flat top. The branches are covered in needles that are deep, dark green in colour. In time barrel-shaped cones develop, that can take up to three years to reach maturity.

Introduced to the UK as long ago as 1670, this magnificent tree has become a prominent feature in many of our oldest estates and gardens. As a young tree it will grow in a conical shape, before spreading with age.

Where to grow

Like most Cedars it requires lots of space and is not suited to urban planting.  At its best in the middle of a large grassed area where you can stand back and admire its beauty. It will grow on almost any soil type even chalk, though will not tolerate overly wet ground.

Did you know?

One of the most celebrated trees in the world the Cedar of Lebanon has been recognised and used thought out history. The Egyptians, Persians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans all had used for the tree that ranged from ship building to cures for leprosy and mummification. It is mentioned in many religious texts as well as songs and poems, and is the tree most commonly mentioned in the bible.


 

 

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
15-20 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Spreading
Growth rate
Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Evergreen
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Scent
Scented Foliage
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Parkland Tree
Country/Farmland
Timber producing
Flower Arranging

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
15-20 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Spreading
Growth rate
Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Evergreen
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Scent
Scented Foliage
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Parkland Tree
Country/Farmland
Timber producing
Flower Arranging

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By douglas on 03/04/2016

do you ship to the US? Virginia?

By Simon on 05/04/2016

Hello Douglas,

No, I’m afraid we only ship to mainland UK addresses.

By Ghazi Haj on 03/10/2016

Hello I was wondering if you carry the cedar treees 10 years old if son waht is the price and is available to ship to the US - Delray Beach Florida 33484
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By Simon on 05/10/2016

Hello Ghazi,

I’m afraid we don’t ship outside mainland UK.

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