Atlas cedar Pinaceae Cedrus
atlantica (Endl.) Manetti ex Carrière
|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.
Looks like: Deodar cedar
- cedar of Lebanon
- European larch
| Additional Range Information:
Cedrus atlantica is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson