Information on Blue Cedar Trees

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The blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica f. glauca) is distinguished as the most cold-hardy cedar tree, according to the University of Arkansas's Division of Agriculture. This evergreen conifer can be a lovely addition to almost any landscape if it is provided well-drained soil, sun and the space to grow quite large.

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P.B. Webb discovered the blue Atlas cedar on the African continent, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, in 1827.


Blue cedars typically reach heights of 60 feet. However, in some areas, these cedars have been found to reach 100 feet in height. Inch-long needles are blue-grey. Branches grow in a pyramid shape, flattening out at the top with age. The colour of this blue cedar's bark falls in between grey and silver.

Fun Fact

Blue atlas cedars receive their foliage colour from a wax often found on conifer trees that experience drought.

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