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Cedar, Atlas

Cedrus atlantica

Pinaceae - Pine

Description

Leaves: Needles borne singly; 3/4" to 1-1/2" long; stiff; evergreen; usually blue-green; four-sided but somewhat flattened in cross-section; pointed tip; spirally arranged on new growth, on older growth occurring in dense clusters of 30 to 40 on short spur shoots.

Twigs/buds: Twigs somewhat downy or glabrous; less densely-branched than Cedrus libani.  Buds small and ovoid, with few scales.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious.  Seed cones fir-like, upright; mature in two seasons; about 2" to 3" long and 2" wide; green when young, brown at maturity.

Bark: Smooth and gray on young stems; older stems with dark gray-brown furrowed bark.

Wood: Not important except locally where native.

General: Native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria.  Slow to medium growth rate.  Likes warm sites, with good moisture but deep, well-drained soils.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use:  Excellent specimen tree with beautiful canopy and good color.  Supposedly zones 6-9, but doing well in several Salt Lake City locations and in Utah County at BYU, and in Cache County on the USU campus and elsewhere.

Cultivars: 'Argentea', 'Aurea', 'Compacta', 'Fastigiata', 'Glauca', 'Glauca Pendula', 'Horstmann', 'Horstmann Silberspitz', 'Pendula'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Pinaceae - Pine
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
6-9
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Low