Cedrus trees are sometimes called “true cedars” because there are so many cedar-type trees. They are a tall evergreen tree erect in growth. The bark on young trees is smooth and gray, becoming furrowed and dark gray with age. They form barrel-shaped seed cones similar to fir tree cones. Seed cones mature in one year. Four cedar tree species are recognized as true cedars.
Cedar is the common name for the Cedrus genus of coniferous trees in the plant family Pinaceae.They are characterized by spicy-scented, resinous wood. The origin of cedar species is in the Himalayas and the Mediterranean area. They thrive in altitudes between 1,500 and 3,200 feet. The four species of cedar are deodar, Lebanon, Cyprus and atlas.