Cedar Conifer Trees
Although there are merely five true members of the Cedar family, there are many known cultivars found all over the world, often in mountainous regions. Cedar trees are particularly popular in the UK, in fact from many years onwards of the 1740's Cedar was the number one choice for the affluent, planted around almost every stately home or mansion. This may not necessarily still be the case but Cedar trees certainly remain one of the most commonly found species in both parks and domestic gardens across the country.
Attractive features of Cedar trees
- Cedar trees are evergreen and so provide interest and cover all year round
- Their foliage, which consists of soft, almost fern-like needles, is particularly dense, especially when the trees are young
- Our range of Cedar trees vary in colour and their striking shades make them perfect as feature trees. From the silvery blue foliage of the Blue Atlas Cedar to the golden-yellow tones of the Golden Deodor Cedar, you are sure to find the perfect specimen tree - or selection of trees - for your planting scheme
- Cedar trees are renowned for their typical pyramidal shape which is thought to create a grandiose and formal appearance, again making them striking feature trees, particularly in formal gardens. If however you are looking for something a little different, consider our weeping Blue Atlas Cedar which boasts cascading branches awash with icy blue foliage - this variety will create a graceful aura amidst your planting area whilst being the ideal choice for a more modestly sized garden
- When planting in a domestic space, it's unlikely Cedar trees will reach anywhere near the king of heights they're renowned for in their natural environmnets - which is often up to 30m - but they will get pretty tall
Planting Cedar trees
Cedar trees are generally very hardy plants and tend to be resistant to disease and will grow in many positions as well as a range of different soil types. Their optimum position however is one of full sun or partial shade, and they prefer a soil that is moist yet well-drained.
Interesting facts about Cedar trees
- In the Middle Ages, the wood of Cedar trees was used in the production of canoes, weapons, boxes, bowls and baskets. Cedar bark was even used to make blankets and capes
- Nowadays, Cedar bark is used to produce pencils
- The Cedar of Lebanon tree was used to build the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, as well as temples and ships of the Egyptian Pharaohs. This species is now the emblem of Lebanon and is present on the country's flag
- Cedar trees can live for up to 300 years