Cedar of Lebanon: Cedrus libani

We supply Lebanese Cedar grown in Europe, English Lebanese Cedar, Welsh Lebanese Cedar, Scottish Lebanese Cedar, and Irish Lebanese Cedar.

Distribution

Found throughout the Middle East Cedar of Lebanon is also known as true cedar.

Description

Lebanese Cedar heartwood is strongly scented and resinous. Growth rings are marked by darker lines contrasting with the timbers light sandy tones. Straight grained with a medium to fine texture, there may be in-growing bark pockets – a feature of true cedars. Average weight 560 kg/m3; specific gravity .56.

Properties

Lebanese Cedar timber is soft and brittle with low bending strength and stiffness, and a low tolerance to shock loads and crushing strength. Due to the resinous nature of the wood it has a very poor steam bending classification.

Seasoning

Lebanese Cedar only has a slight tendency to warp during the drying process. The wood dries out relatively quickly and there is only slight movement in service.

Working

Lebanese Cedar holds, well with nails, screws and glue, it is easily worked with hand and machine tools. The wood produces a good finish when used with varnish, polish, stains and paint.

Durability

Lebanese Cedar is a highly durable timber, although it is susceptible to attack by pinhole borer and longhorn beetle. It should be noted that the heartwood is resistant to preservative treatment, and the sapwood is moderately resistant.

Uses

Lebanese Cedar timber is used for a variety of purposes including joinery, furniture and building. UK grown Cedar is often park grown and therefore quite knotty, it is mainly used in doors, garden furniture and decorative veneers.