Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus libani)

blue Atlas cedar,

Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica), generally known as called Atlas cedar, is an evergreen plant and native to the Atlas Mountains in northern Africa. This cedar requires ample sun and is highly tolerant of air pollution. In addition, the Cedrus libani ‘Glauca’ grows into a large tree that can be used as a solitary in big parks. Further, it is best grown in deep and well-drained, acidic loams in full sun. This plant is native to Algeria, Morocco.

What are the common names for Blue Atlas Cedar?

Blue Atlas Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, Lebanon Cedar are the most common names. The scientific name is Cedrus Libani.


Cedrus libani

Flowering data – Blue Atlas Cedar

FlowerUnremarkable, fragrant flowers
Bloom TimeSpring
Flower colorGreen, Redish-brown
SeedsBrown, winged
FoliageEvergreen with short, silvery-blue needles.
FruitBarrel-shaped cones, 5 – 7 cm long, turning from green to brown
Plant typeNeedled evergreen
Ever greenYes
LeafColorful, Evergreen, needles, silvery blue-green, 2 – 2.5 cm,
AttractsHummingbirds and Bees
Plant growthSlow growing plant

Plant care

SunFull sun, light-loving
Required level of pHSpecifically Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral, 5-8.2
Drainage condition of soilWell drained
Moisture in soilGenerally suitable for dry soil
Type of soilAll type of soil, however, if it is provided well-permeable and not too moist, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Origin/nativeAlgeria, Morocco

How to care for Blue Atlas Cedar?

Cedrus libani is a light-loving plant thus grows best in full sun.

Allow the plant to get nearly, but not entirely dry before watering it. If the leaves turn yellow, it is a clear sign of overwatering. Therefore, overwatering is not allowed.

Cedrus tree grows in well-draining soil. Thus, the Soil should be loamy, clay, and sand type.

Cedar trees need balanced and organic fertilizer. The fertilizer should be diluted to half-strength prior to application, and the plant should be watered immediately after being fertilized.

Cut overgrown branches of the plant. To maintain this plant, it is indeed essential to prune it regularly to keep its shape better. In the early spring, prune it before growth begins.

Cedrus libani glauca growth:
This plant is slow-growing plant. Its height increases less than 12 inches per year.

Read more

If you like the Blue Atlas Cedar, you may also be interested in reading this article about the Japanese Larch tree which also is in the Pine family.

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