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Cedrus atlantica

Blue cedar

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Features

  • FruitsNovember
  • Height18m to 45m
  • Spread6m to 14m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourPink-yellow
  • Leaf ColourSilver green-blue

Description

Cedrus atlantica (Blue cedar). An upright spreading pyramidal conifer. It can grow to a height of 45m, but will usually average about 20m. The thin needles are bluish to silvery green and fill the tree to give a full bushy habit. They are relatively drought tolerant and will need a lot of room to grow.

Characteristics

Needled evergreen, Conifer or Tree

Other common names

Atlas cedar, Cedar

Origin

Africa and Middle East

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in a sunny, open site in any well drained soil including chalk. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Take evergreen current-growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible.

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