Blue Atlas Cedar


Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’

Leaves: Evergreen. 30-40 stiff needles are 1" long and grow in dense clusters off a spur or short twig like a firework. Bluish green to silvery-blue color.

Bark/Twigs: Dark gray furrowed bark. Smoother on younger branches.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers in spring. Releases yellow pollen in the fall. Female cones are 2-3” long by 2” wide and only grow on upper branches. They start out purple-green and turn brown at maturity.

Mature size and shape: Large. 40-60'h x 30-40'w. Pyramidal with slightly weeping limbs. Top flattens with age.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Moist, deep rich soil with good drainage is best. Adapts to sandy and clay soils if no standing water is present.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Extremely elegant in form and color. Use as a specimen tree. Plant in a large, open area. Slow growing rate. Low maintenance. Difficult to transplant and establish.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9

Family/Origin: Pinaceae – Pine. Native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria.

Campus use: Common. Beautiful mature grove can be found south of Architecture (Bld 37) and north of Marcia & John Price Art Museum (Bld 35).