Timberpedia - Cedar of Lebanon

Cedar of Lebanon


Latin Name:Irish Name:Native to Ireland?
Cedrus libaniCéadar na LiobáineNo

About the Tree

Introduced 1639

There are only three species of Cedars in the world: the Lebanon cedar, the Deodar of the
Himalayas and the Mount Atlas Cedar.

It is a coniferous tree native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region.
The Lebanon Cedar has always been the national emblem of Lebanon, and it is seen on the
Lebanese Flag.

The Lebanon Cedar is a widely planted ornamental tree in parks and large gardens, often being
planted in avenues, and as focal point trees in large lawns.

About the Wood

Cedar of Lebanon was important to various civilizations. The trees were used by the ancient
Phoenicians for building trade and military ships, as well as houses and temples. The Egyptians
used its resin for mummification, and its sawdust was found in the pharaoh’s tombs. The Sumerian
Epic of Gilgamesh designates the cedar groves of Lebanon as the dwelling of the gods to where
Gilgamesh ventured.

Flag of Lebanon Flag of Lebanon featuring depiction of cedar
Baby Cedrus Libani Seedling
Acaciasap Mature tree
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