Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
Common Name: Blue Atlas Cedar  
Plant photo of: Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

25-40', 40-60'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Intermittent, Persistent







Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Park


Special Uses

Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

As a large, slow-growing conifer, Blue Atlas Cedar requires ample room for growth. It has a broad, pyramidal form and is an eye-catching specimen for a large landscape. It's needles are 1 inch long, and are a beautiful shade of silvery blue. In order to develop its best color, the tree needs to be exposed to full sun. It can reach up to 40 to 60 feet tall and up to 30 feet wide. There is also a weeping form, Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula.' Cedars have lovely cones, emerging bluish when young and aging a reddish brown.
The biggest mistake folks make when planting this tree is not giving it the room it needs to grow. It is a large tree. Prefers well-drained soils that are rich and loamy, though it will tolerate sandy or clay soils as long as they are not perpetually moist. Sun to part shade.