Conifer, evergreen, usually it is a slow growing small tree or tall shrub, to about 40 ft (12 m) high with time; finally developing an umbrella-like crown. Branches are short, irregular, stiff, and usually horizontal. Needles are blue-green, 5-8 mm long, thick, slightly curved, with a short apex. Cones are cylindrical, 7 × 4 cm, with a concave apex with a blunt projection from the surface (Krüssmann, 1985).
- Sun or partial shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to several mountainious areas of Cyprus
Taxonomy: More recently this plant is considered a variant of Cedrus libani, either as Cedrus libani var. brevifolia (The Plant List, Kew) or Cedrus libani subsp. brevifolia (USDA GRIN), rather than a distinct species.