Cedrus Atlantica or Atlas Cedar A tall, statuesque evergreen conifer, Cedrus Atlantica has a loose and open pyramidal crown giving it an elegant and impressive appearance. The branches sweep upwards from an erect central leader, with greyish-green needle-like leaves in clusters. The leaves are around 3.5 centimetres in size and keep their colour throughout the seasons. Atlas Cedar produces barrel-shaped, erect cones that turn to purple-brown as they mature. Native to Algeria and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (as its common name suggests), this large conifer does well at high altitudes.
Height and Spread of Cedrus Atlantica Long-lived and large, Atlas Cedar can reach imposing size when fully mature of up to 30 to 40 metres. This conifer grows rapidly at first with a slower growth rate as it ages.
How Hardy is Cedrus Atlantica Fully hardy in the United Kingdom, Atlas Cedar is a tough and resilient conifer. It will tolerate temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius, and it is generally not affected by many diseases or pests.
How To Use Cedrus Atlantica Atlas Cedar is ideally suited to be a specimen plant in a large garden or landscape, owing to its year-round interest and imposing size. Its broad conical shape with horizontally-spreading branches will add architectural value to the landscape.
How To Care For Cedrus Atlantica For best results, plant Atlas Cedar in full sun and any well-drained soil. Make sure it has extra space to grow to its full potential.