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Atlas Cedar

Cedrus atlantica

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Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Atlas Cedar

Atlas Cedar

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Height:  50 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

One of the most pictruresque of all trees when mature, with a wide, spreading and almost pendant habit with open branching; leave a very large open space for this tree to reach its peak value in maturity

Ornamental Features

Atlas Cedar has bluish-green foliage. The needles remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Atlas Cedar is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Atlas Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Atlas Cedar will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
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Accent  Articulation 
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Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features


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