Common Name: atlas cedar
Origin/Ecology: Native to Morocco, Algeria, Africa, the Atlas Mountains.
Habit: Grows to 40-60′ tall. Habit is usually loose pyramidal when young, becoming more flat-topped with long spreading branches with age.
Leaves: Needles (to 1″ long) are curved toward the tip and appear in tufted clusters. Dark green to silver blue.
Leaf Arrangement: spiral
Flowers and Fruit: Cylindrical cones (to 3″ long).
Bark: Young shoots are downy.
Water Use, Soil: Deep, well-drained, acidic loams. Drought tolerant once established.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Specimen for large spaces.
Limitations: Tip blight. Heavy snow can break branches.