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Atlas Cedar
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Blue Atlas Cedar
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Scientific Name: Cedrus atlantica (formerly C. libani spp. atlantica)
Other Common Names: n/a

Foliage: Needled Evergreen
Height: 40-60 feet
Spread: 30-40 feet
Shape: Wide pyramidal
Growth Characteristics: Slow- to moderate-growing

The Atlas Cedar, native to North Africa, is a beautifully irregular, wide pyramidal tree that makes an excellent specimen.  The most common type planted is the Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca') which has stunning silvery-blue needles. Needles are 3/4 to 1 inch in length. The silhouette is wide and open.

Plant Needs
Zone: 7-10
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Moisture: Tolerates drought, wind and heat in deeper soils
Soil Type: Prefers moist, acid, well-drained soil, but tolerates other soil types

Fertilize with formulations that promote woody, strong growth rather than excessive foliar growth. Pruning longer branches when the tree is young can help it resist heavy snowfalls later in life. Multiple leaders may also have to pruned out. Best planted in large properties. 

Can be affected by weevils, borers, root rot, and sapsuckers. Atlas cedar is not particularly cold hardy, but is often sold in marginal climates. As a result, cold damage can be a problem.