Cedar of Lebanon, a tree of important dimensions and also with an important meaning. It has been known since ancient times and at the center of true or legendary stories. It belongs to the Pinaceae family, all very ornamental and majestic plants, among which they find in addition to ours Cedar of Lebanon also the cedar of Lebanon, ithe Atlas cedar, the Deodara cedar and the Cyprus cedar. There are some who believe the last three, subspecies of the first, not all experts agree.
Cedar of Lebanon: wood
The wood of Cedar of Lebanon it is particularly appreciated because it is solid and resistant, moreover it is also aromatic. It is often used to make furniture or furnishing elements, and even knick-knacks, if desired.
Once the wood is removed, the Cedar of Lebanon is also used in phytotherapy with its leaves and bark which have expectorant and antiseptic effects.
Against psioriasis the glycerine macerate of the buds of Cedar of Lebanon while the decoction obtained with its bark is an excellent anti-catarrhal and antibronchial. To learn more about the uses and characteristics of the wood of this plant, I recommend the article Cedarwood for wardrobes.
Cedar of Lebanon: property
Evergreen conifer native toAsia Minor, this plant can also reach 30-40 meters in height so we can define it one XXL conifer. The bark is dark, the needles usually short and dark green, collected in clumps.
When the Cedar of Lebanon it is young, its hair has a pyramidal shape and is rather dense, as the years pass it transforms into something more similar to an umbrella shape. Every year, every spring, large pine cones sprout with flattened apex, in summer the seeds, very similar to flakes, ripen.
Cedar of Lebanon: roots
The roots of this tree are very large, intuitively, to support it in all its height, but they are also prey to parasites that can ruin and weaken them. Among the enemies of the Cedar of Lebanon there is the aphid said Cinara cedars which stings the shoots and can also cause necrosis of an entire branch, honeydew secretion also damages leaves and branches while fungi and other insects take it with leaves and bark. The biggest problem that roots can have is related to water stagnations that cause them to rot.
Cedar of Lebanon: pruning
Given their longevity and their size, i Cedars of Lebanon they do not require periodic pruning except in case of maintenance to eliminate dead or diseased branches. She usually knows how to take care of her own balance as a plant.
Of course, it is up to us not to place it in places where, as it grows, it could create problems or even damage. Before getting excited about the Cedar of Lebanon and buy one for our garden, let's take the measurements and above all consider the measurements it will reach in about ten years.
Cedar of Lebanon in Italy
From Lebanon, from Asia, this cedar arrived in Europe in the late 1700s, in Italy only in the early nineteenth century, in particular in Tuscany, and then gradually spread to other areas. In Ferrara, as well as atIsland of the Maddalena, today we can admire specimens of Cedar of Lebanon knows how to consider real monuments. In addition to home, in Lebanon, this tree is also popular in’Island of Cyprus.
Cedar of Lebanon: price
A pack of Cedar of Lebanon seeds from 20 pieces it costs 3.50 euros. Of course from the seed, to get to a plant of admirable size, a lot of patience is needed but not too much attention. It is a plant that knows how to get by on its own and has always been very successful for this too.
THE Phoenicians used it for the construction of ships, others to build houses, palaces and temples, the Egyptians appreciated the resin, very perfumed, perfect for embalming. Also Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and Persians have in history used iCedars of Lebanon honestly recognizing him a leading role.
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