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Cedrus libani

 
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Cedrus libani - Cedar of Lebanon
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Common name: Cedar of Lebanon
Family: Pinaceae
Distribution: Eastern Mediterranean region in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey
Habitat: Mountainous areas at 3,300–6,500 ft. (1,000-2,000 m.)
IUCN Red list: Least concern
Hardiness: Zone 5a -20 to -15 F
Life form: Evergreen Conifer
Comments: This cedar has bundles of 15-35 needles that grow on short stems, like larch needles. The needles are about 1 inch long and vary in color from green to blue-green. The cones are up to 4 inches (10 cm.) tall, sit upright on the branch, and fall apart at maturity, dispersing both seeds and scales. This tree was important to ancient civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean region. It was used to build ships, palaces and temples, most notably King Solomon’s Temple.
Links: Gymnosperm DatabaseWikipedia

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