Atlas Cedar - Cedrus atlantica


    Rather conical in shape with a long trunk and widely spaced ascending branches. It has tufts of 30 to 45 dark green needles with translucent points. The most common cultivar Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ known as the Blue Atlantic Cedar has whitish-blue needles.

    Similar Species

    Cedar of Lebanon

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Tip of tree erect or stiffly curved, not pendent; branches level or ascending. Leaves usually glaucous or blue/grey, but may be dark green; some cultivars have very blue leaves

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole tree.  It may not be possible to verify young specimens from photos


    Usually found in parks and gardens as a planted tree.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread as a planted tree in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Not well recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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