Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cedrus (SEE-drus) (Info)
Species: atlantica (at-LAN-tik-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Cedrus libani var. atlantica
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Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Brown/Bronze

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grand Junction, Colorado

Louisville, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Baltimore, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts

New York City, New York

Franklin, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 16, 2009, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very common conifer in the warmer parts of Bulgaria. They are used as specimens, in groves and in shelterbelts.
I have seen the glaucous form in Sofia, and both green and blue forms are common on the coast. I have a plain green tree that has grown very vigorously here. I've had no problems, nor have I heard of anyone having any problems with Atlas Cedar.

Positive

On Jun 26, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A stately conifer that hails mainly from Northwestern Africa's Atlas Mountians. Considered by some to be a regional subspecies of the Cedar of Lebanon, with whom is is difficult to distinguish.
Some commonly held general differences: C. libani has longer needles, and clusters not as tight as C. atlantica, and C. libani new growth does not have as narrow of an appearance.

Its clusters of needles are shorter than most other pines and conifers. The color, like the "blue spruce" is either or blue, but usually selected to be blue in tint in most cultivated settings.

Habit is open, revealing the interesting structure: strongly conical in youth and more irregular or spreading in maturity.

As an ornamental, is has great use as evergreen cover ... read more