The Gymnosperm Database


Distribution: Cedrus atlantica in red, C. brevifolia in blue and C. libani in purple (Vidakovic 1991).


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Conservation status

Cedrus brevifolia

Elwes et Henry 1908

Common names

Cyprus cedar (Vidakovic 1991).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: Cedrus libani var. brevifolia Hook. f. (Vidakovic 1991).


"A medium-size tree. Crown on older specimens broad and umbrella-shaped. Branches short, horizontally spread. Needles 5-8 (12) mm long, thick, blue-green. Cones cylindrical, with a large protuberance in the concave apex, about 7 cm long and 4 cm wide" (Vidakovic 1991).

Distribution and Ecology

Cyprus: "the mountainous area of Pophos, Troodes and Tripylos, where it covers about 500 ha" (Vidakovic 1991). Hardy to Zone 6 (cold hardiness limit between -23.2°C and -17.8°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

Big tree

I have seen no data for trees in habitat, and there are few measurements of ornamentals. Monumental Trees (2016) records that both the height and diameter records are held by a tree in Windsor Great Park, UK, measured in 2016 as 102 cm DBH and 30.50 m tall.







Elwes, H.J. and A. Henry. 1908. The trees of Great Britain and Ireland III. Edinburgh: Privately printed (p.467). Available: Biodiversity Heritage Library, accessed 2012.11.25.

Monumental Trees. 2016. Cyprus cedar in the area of Windsor Great Park., accessed 2017.09.04.

See also

The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

Last Modified 2017-12-29