Cedrus brevifolia / Cypriot cedar

Cedrus brevifolia, as described 1908 by Henry John Elwes (1846 – 1922) and Augustine Henry (1857–1930), is commonly known as Cypriot cedar. A commonly seen synomym is Cedrus libani var. brevifolia.

Matthew Ward (c) Dorling Kindersley
Matthew Ward (c) Dorling Kindersley

Description. Cypriot cedar is a medium-growing, evergreen coniferous tree.

  • Crowns on older specimens are broad and umbrella-shaped.
  • Branches are short with a horizontal spread.
  • Needles measure 0.2 to 0.35 inch (5 - 8 mm) long. They are thick and blue-green in color.
  • Seed cones are cylindrical, with a large protuberance in the concave apex, measuring circa 2.8 inches (7 cm) long and 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide.

Distribution. This species is native to Cyprus — the mountainous area of Pophos, Troodes and Tripylos, where it covers about 500 hectares.

Attribution from: Vidakovic, Mirko. ©1991. Conifers: morphology and variation. Translated from Croatian by Maja Soljan. Croatia: Graficki Zavod Hrvatske.

Cedrus brevifolia — mature trees growing in habitat.
Photo by Jan Hrbek