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PlantFiles: 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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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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


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Grown for foliage

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)

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive purplesun 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 ineedacupoftea 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 and ideal nesting for birds. Growth is decent, comparable to pine and fir.


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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