Atlas cedar Pinaceae Cedrus atlantica
Leaf:Evergreen needles, blue-green to silvery blue, generally under 1 inch long, occur singly on new growth, but tightly whorled on spur shoots.
Flower:Species is monoecious; male cones 2-3 inches long on lower part of tree; female cones thicker and erect, purplish, borne on top sections of tree.
Fruit:Short, stout upright cones with deciduous scales, 2 1/2 to 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, waxy purplish green while developing, turning brown at maturity, mature over two years.
Twig:Slender, finely hairy, brown with numerous spur shoots, branches droop with age.
Bark:Initially smooth and gray, later darkening and developing fine flat scales.
Form:Medium sized tree to 40 to 60 feet in height, broadly pyramidal crown, develops into a stunning flat-topped tree with horizontal branching.