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Cedrus atlantica

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Description

Cedrus atlantica is best used as a specimen tree. This tree is difficult to transplant, is the least cold hardy of the cedars, and should be more widely planted in the south. For planting guidelines, this plant prefers moist, well-drained soil and needs wind protection. 

In its youth, Cedrus atlantica's form is pyramidal; however, with age, this tree becomes flat topped with broad horizontal branches. Some would even say that this tree is picturesque. Its texture is medium to fine.

Quick ID Hints:

  • similar to C. libani, but has taller crown
  • blue foliage to very blue
  • needles short, stiff, multiple on dwarf shoot

Bluish green cedar, 40-60' tall, 30-40' wide. Specimen tree, should be used for nothing less and allowed to develop in an open environment with no competitors. Difficult to transplant, should be moved as container, well drained, moist loamy soil preferred, but can tolerate sandy soil as well, takes full sun, and needs shelter from high winds.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#full sun#partial shade#heat tolerant#specimen#needles#cones#blue needles#tree#salt tolerant#clay soil#sandy soil#needled evergreen#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#full sun#partial shade#heat tolerant#specimen#needles#cones#blue needles#tree#salt tolerant#clay soil#sandy soil#needled evergreen#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cedrus
    Species:
    atlantica
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North & Central Morocco to North Algeria
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    tolerates a range of soil types (sandy, clay); moderately salt tolerant; heat tolerant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 40 ft. 0 in. - 60 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Horizontal
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits, but has 2-3" upright, green cones that turn brown. Very densely set, erect, finger-shaped cones, less than 1" wide.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are small (0.7-1.5 inches) needles that are bluish green (sea green), varying in color from light green, a pale-green, a bright green, to almost a silvery blue. Rigid, needles in fascicles of 10-30 needles.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Bark makes boxy pattern of rectangle shapes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stem is brown/ gray.
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Salt