Our range of Cedar trees come in a variety of colours from silvery-blue to golden-yellow. Their evergreen foliage consists of soft, almost fern-like needles that are particularly dense, especially when the trees are young. From small to large trees, Cedar are perfect for creating a focal point or providing interest and cover all year round.
Favoured for their pyramidal shape and majestic appearance, Cedar trees have been popular in the UK since the 1740's. They became the number one choice for the affluent and the larger varieties such as Cedrus libani were planted around almost every stately home or mansion. Nowadays you can see smaller varieties in much more modestly sized gardens.
Cedrus is a genus of Conifer referred to as "True Cedars" because a number of other trees outside of the genus are commonly referred to as Cedars. There are merely five true members of the Cedar family, but there are many known cultivars found all over the world, often in mountainous regions. They all have evergreen foliage. For bright golden-yellow foliage, choose Cedrus deodara 'Aurea' and for silvery-blue foliage look at Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'.
They often have a broad or weeping habit. Cedrus libani looks wonderfully formal and majestic, but for a less formal appearance, consider one of the weeping varieties such as Cedrus libani 'Blue Fountain'. The bark of Cedars cracks with age, providing interest and a place for a variety of wildlife.
Cedar trees are generally very hardy plants and can live for up to 300 years. They 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
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, the 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.