|Grid reference||ST 18243 78634|
|Common name||Cedar of Lebanon|
|Origin||Asia Minor and Syria|
|Height||16M September 2020|
|Girth||428cm @ 0.1M September 2020|
|Age in 2020||Approx. 138 years|
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.
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.
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