A cone-shaped conifer with silvery-white foliage that changes to a glacial blue as it ages.
Blue Atlas Cedar is popular because it can cope with dry and hot conditions better than most other conifers. Often used as an ornamental or specimen tree, they can reach heights of 35m tall. Blue Atlas Cedar gets its name from its leaves, which start out as slivery-white, before changing to a glacial blue as they mature. Its short needles grow in small clumps and it produce fairly large oval-shaped cones which are a permanent feature on mature trees. It originates from the mountain forests of Morocco and Algeria.
All conifers are known for their hardiness and resilience against the elements. We often think of them being heavily covered with snow during the winter, but they can look equally as bold and impressive against a bright blue summer sky. Conifers get their name from the “cones” that they produce – which come in all shapes and sizes. Conifer leaves are evergreen and will either be needle-shaped or scale-like.
Latin Name: Cedrus Atlantica Glauca
English Name: Blue Atlas Cedar, Glauca Cedar
Genus: Cedrus (Cedar)
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Foliage: Silver-White to Blue-Green.
Flower: Brown Oval Cones.
Flowering Period: Autumn.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Chalk. Clay. Sand. Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Exposed or Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: High (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -20 °C to -15 °C (-4 °F to 5 °F)
Suggested Uses: Borders, Ornamental, Specimen, Showcase, Architectural, Courtyard styles.
Maintenance: No pruning required. Needs plenty of open space to reach full growth potential.
Growth Habit: Bushy/Upright Oval.
Growth Speed: Medium (25cm to 75cm per year).
Starting Height: 100cm to 550cm (3.3 ft to 18.0 ft)
Final Height: 35m (115 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 50cm to 250cm (1.6 ft to 8.2 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 500cm to 800cm (16.4 ft to 26.3 ft)
Pot Included: 20 Litre Plastic Pot (33cm) to 600 Litre Plastic Pot (100cm)
Height including Pot: 133cm to 650cm (4.4 ft to 21.3 ft)
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