Cedrus libani at Cathays Cemetery

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Cedrus libani looking south
late September 2020

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Cedrus libani looking north
mid April 2021

Grid reference ST 18243 78634
Common name Cedar of Lebanon
Origin Asia Minor and Syria
Deciduous No
Tag 02410
Map section -
Height 16M September 2020
Girth 428cm @ 0.1M September 2020
Age in 2020 Approx. 138 years[1]
Planted Approx.1882
Reference 603

This tree is immediately behind the chapels. Historically it has been identified as a Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) but it has some characteristics of a Cedrus atlantica (Atlas cedar).

The leaves are stiff, and were measured as typically between 2 and 3.6cm long.

Cedrus libani bark

Cedrus libani bark
late September 2020

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Cedrus libani foliage
late September 2020

Cedrus libani foliage

Cedrus libani foliage
late September 2020

Cedrus libani cone1

Cedrus libani cones
late September 2020

General tree description for Cedrus libani

Cedrus libani can grow up to 35 to 40 metres tall. It has a conic crown when young, and develops a flattened top with age. The bark is dark greyish-brown and becomes deeply cracked and fissured with age. The branches are relatively level, giving the tree a tiered appearance, and there are both long and short shoots. The leaves are needle-like, spaced out on the long shoots, and in clusters of 15 to 45 on the short shoots; they are typically 2 to 3.5cm in length, and vary from green to glaucous blue-green. The seed cones are 8 to 12cm long and barrel-shaped, without a sunken top, and tapering more than those of the Atlas cedar. They are green at first, becoming purplish-grey in their second year. After three years the scales start to bulge and the cones break up.

General tree description for Cedrus atlantica

Cedrus atlantica is a large tree in both height and spread, growing up to 38 metres tall, with a narrow flat top when mature. Its bark is grey and closely cracked. The leaves are green or grey green, and short (2 to 3.5cm long). They grow densely on long branches that gently ascend at first, and then become more horizontal. The cones are barrel-shaped, 5 to 7cm long, appearing in the late summer.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain