Gardening Magazine

Plant of the Week: Cedrus Atlantica

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Position: Flourishes in full sun.

Soil: Moist but well drained.

Flowering period: Spring.

Eventual Height: 30m

Eventual Spread: 10m

Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a-9a

Family: Pinaceae

Cedrus atlantica is an evergreen tree with a conical habit that becomes more open as it matures. It has fissured, silvery grey bark and produces sharply pointed, roughly four sided, dark green to glaucous blue leaves in whorls of 30-45. This tree is monoecious, bearing male and female cones on the same plant. The male cones are 5cm long and mostly located on the lower part of the tree, the female are upright and purple and mostly located on the upper part of the plant. The female cones them mature to 7cm barrel shaped cones, taking two years to mature.

C. atlantica has historically been planted as an ornamental tree, with many notable examples throughout the world including a specimen on the white house lawn that contained a simple tree house designed by the 38th president of the united states Jimmy Carter so as not to damage the tree.

Cedrus is derived from the ancient Greek kedros which was used to describe many plants of the Cedrus and Juniperus genera, with atlantica meaning ‘of or from the Atlas mountains’ in northwest Africa.

Cedrus atlantica (12/05/2011, Cambridge)

Cedrus atlantica (12/05/2011, Cambridge)

The landscape architect may find this plant is useful as a majestic specimen tree. Care should be taken when locating this tree due to its eventual size. Other forms of this plant is C. atlantica f. Aurea (foliage is a golden yellow when young), C. atlantica ‘Glauca” (Blue Atlas Ceedar, with blue green needles),  C. atlantica ‘Argentea’ (silver blue needles),

This plant is happy at most pH levels and the soil may be chalk, clay, loam or sand, it prefers moist deep soil. It may be placed in a sheltered or exposed location although this tree may incur needle burn during cold winters when placed in a windy location.

Ecologically this plant will cater for the larvae of some species of Lepidoptera.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given the form C. atlantica f. Aurea their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Maintenance: This tree requires little care, may require a tree surgeon to ensure it will not damage surroundings.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • “This Diet Has Been Nothing Short of Life Changing for Me and My Family”

    Tyler has been able to truly turn his life around with a low-carb diet. Here's how he massively increased his energy levels and lost 100 lbs (45 kg) in only... Read more

    5 hours, 39 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • New Keto Meal Plan

    Our popular low-carb meal-plan tool gives you everything you need to succeed on low carb. Meal plans, recipes and shopping lists - no planning required! Adjust... Read more

    5 hours, 48 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Vegan Rocket Pesto Pasta!

    Vegan Rocket Pesto Pasta!

    I harvested a lot of wild rocket in our garden hey, what to do with it? I knew that I made a previous non-vegan rocket pesto that was so delicious. Read more

    6 hours, 5 minutes ago by   Sophies Foodie
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES, VEGETARIAN & VEGAN
  • Party Saturday

    According to the calendar, summer started this past week. According to Tajikistan, summer started last month. And so by now, a month into summer, it is hot. Read more

    6 hours, 12 minutes ago by   Sherwoods
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Sunday Bliss Is..

    Sunday Bliss Is..

    ..baking these adorable red berry and almond blondies in this understated sunlit kitchen. Join the Read more

    6 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Myparadissi
    HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN
  • 5 Reasons NOT To Start With A Non-Profit Business

    Reasons Start With Non-Profit Business

    A common misconception I often hear in the startup world is that non-profits are easy and safe, since they don’t have to pay taxes, and they don’t have to make ... Read more

    7 hours, 22 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • A Day at the Marvellous West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair

    Marvellous West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair

    I received an invitation the other day to go to the West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair; a quick check on the map and I thought it would make a nice day trip. I happil... Read more

    8 hours, 9 minutes ago by   Ozhene
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazines