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Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Group'

Blue Atlas cedar

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Plant type

Evergreen tree





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photo by Adrian Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (37424)

Plant details

A very striking tree with glaucous blue-green foliage, which is often planted as a specimen tree in lawns. In a big border, the blue coloration teams especially well with red and orange heather foliage in a garden on acid soil, or with autumn foliage tints or the winter stems of dogwoods. However, in all but the very largest gardens this tree will become too large in time, so regard it as a temporary resident to be removed when it outgrows its space after perhaps 10-15 years. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Cedrus

Species: atlantica

Cultivar: Glauca Group

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Cones

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


Hi, we've been trying to identify a tree in our garden. Believe it might be Cedrus atlantica glauca. During late summer the narrow erect cones gave off huge clouds of pollen for a couple of weeks, these have now dropped off. There are older barrel shaped cones that hang downwards more. The foliage definitely fits description but I've been unable to find images showing full life cycle through the whole year? Any suggestions as to what this might be if not the above? Thanks Mo (Greenyfingers)

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