The cedar (Cedrus) belongs to the Pinacea genius and is a tall conifer (it can grow to 40 m high) originally from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Himalayas. It is long-lived, often lasting several centuries. There are several different species of cedar throughout the world. The Cedar is Lebanon's symbol and its silhouette is on the country's flag.
The cedar usually grows between 1400 m and 2000 m of altitude but grows well in the plain. The cedar grows well on all sorts of soil, even acid or chalky ones, as long as they are well-drained because stagnant humidity would drown its roots. It appreciates warm and sunny locations (who doesn't ?) and grows well in them, and to develop well it needs space. The cedar is very hardy and can even survive atmospheric pollution.
The cedar wood is rot-proof. It has been used since antiquity to produce ship hulls or caskets of precious jewels and even sarcophagi. Nowadays, cedar's wood is used to create jewellery boxes or precious caskets. The wood repulses woodworms, insects and other creepy-crawlies that attack other types of wood. In aromatherapy, the essential oil of the tree is used for its healing, antiseptic, astringent and decongestant properties, or just to ward off mosquitoes.
Because of its characteristics (size, diameter, lifespan), the cedar has become a symbol of greatness, of nobility, of strength and of incorruptibility. In the 3rd century, Origen wrote: "The Cedar never rots; using the cedar to build our homes is to preserve our soul from corruption." For Celtic astrology, the cedar symbolizes trust.
If you wish to offer a gift to your employees, the cedar is an ideal gift, as a symbol of team spirit and shared belonging. Offer a cedar to your employees to highlight how much you value an employee's contribution!