Atlas Cedar

Cedrus atlantica, or the Atlas cedar, is a tall evergreen tree native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. The Atlas cedar can reach heights of 130 to 160 feet (40 to 50 meters) and has clusters of needle-like leaves that vary in colour from blue-green to dark green.

The Appearance

A large evergreen conifer with a broad, pyramidal crown and dense, blue-green needles. It produces barrel-shaped cones that sit upright on the branches.


The Produce

The cones start off green and mature to a woody brown colour.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by large, woody cones.


The Leaves

Each leaf is typically short, measuring around 1 to 1.5 inches in length, and possesses a deep green to bluish-green colour.


The Bark

The bark is dark gray and fissured, becoming rough and scaly with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in parks and large gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental blue-green foliage and timber. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


Fun Facts

The Atlas Cedar is named after the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, where it is native.

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