Native to the Mediterranean, the cedar of Lebanon is one of the most beautiful conifers to be found in Europe. With its majestic conical bearing and beautiful needle-like leaves, the Lebanon cedar will not need to be associated with other trees due to its great elegance. Undemanding, the cedar of Lebanon remains one of the easiest trees to grow throughout the year. 

The cedar of Lebanon is an evergreen conifer that is easily recognized by its unique pyramidal bearing and spectacular size. Indeed, the cedar of Lebanon generally reaches a hundred feet by adulthood, thus being ranked among the tallest ornamental garden trees. In addition, growing this conifer in the garden is particularly interesting throughout the year because of its beautiful evergreen foliage that never falls. Rustic and hardy, the Lebanon cedar is one of the few trees possessing such impressive longevity, with a lifespan sometimes going beyond two or three millennia. For a more successful result, do not plant your cedar of Lebanon near other trees because they tend to draw attention away, not highlighting the splendid pyramidal bearing of this amazing conifer. However, if you do not wish to grow it in an isolated area, you will be able to combine it with other trees of the same species or family, such as larch for example. Finally, keep in mind that the cedar of Lebanon is a tree that is very easy to maintain, even for amateur gardeners. Thus, by following these growing tips, you can be sure that your tree will keep all of its splendour and vitality over the passing seasons.

How to plant a cedar of Lebanon? 

The cedar of Lebanon is one of the few conifers to be as undemanding in terms of growing conditions. Indeed, this majestic tree tolerates neutral ground as well as calcarous and acid soils. However, like larch, it is advisable to grow it preferably in slightly acidic soil in order to get the best possible results. In addition, there is absolutely no need to wait for a specific time of year to put your young tree in the ground. Lebanon cedar may very well be planted in any season, except of course when temperatures are excessively low. With regard to sun exposure, choose locations that are neither too sunny nor too shady. While too much sun can damage the tree’s beautiful foliage on the long term, it is also useful to remember that too much shade could hinder its growth. During planting, the ground may be amended with fertilizers, with even larger quantities if the land is depleted or calcareous.

How to maintain a cedar of Lebanon? 

Amateur gardeners wishing to engage in the cultivation of Lebanon cedar will surely appreciate the low maintenance and care that this tree requires. Indeed, know that this Mediterranean conifer usually does not require any lopping during and after growth. In that regard, the cedar of Lebanon naturally retains its beautiful pyramidal shape while growing. In addition, like most alpine trees, the cedar of Lebanon is hardy, thus allowing it to withstand, without too much difficulty, harsh winter conditions and extreme cold. However, to take care of your tree’s health, it will be necessary to amend the land with fertilizer after each winter so that your cedar can continue to thrive. Finally, in terms of watering, it will hardly be necessary to provide abundant or very frequent water supplies, except perhaps when the young tree has just been planted.

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Published in Conifers by Alexander on 04 Jul 2011