Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Cedrus libani A.Rich.

Fully-hardy, evergreen, wide-spreading, flat-topped tree, conical when young, with fissured dark bark, 4-sided, pointed leaves in whorls of 10-20, and barrel-shaped, greenish-brown female cones, to 12cm long.  To 30m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain before 1650.  Hilliers’.  Of immense economic importance in ancient times, few trees remain in the wild today.  An uncoloured lithograph is given in Die Coniferen.  [Die Coniferen p.105/1840-41].  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.9/1824.  In Australia in the past frequently confused with Cedrus deodara (D.Don.) G.Don which see.  

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [C.22/1843].


Published Jul 14, 2009 - 04:56 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:22 PM

The illustration is an uncoloured lithograph of mature trees in Lebanon.  Die Coniferen p.105, 1840-41.

Cedrus libani A.Rich. | Die Coniferen p.105/1840-41 | BHL

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Lebanon to Turkey

  • Cedrus libanensis Juss ex Mirb.
  • Cedrus libanotica Link.
  • Pinus cedrus L.
Common Name

Cedar of Lebanon

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cedrus Libani - Cedar of Lebanon   

Confidence level high