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.
Flowering data – Blue Atlas Cedar
|Flower||Unremarkable, fragrant flowers|
|Flower color||Green, Redish-brown|
|Foliage||Evergreen with short, silvery-blue needles.|
|Fruit||Barrel-shaped cones, 5 – 7 cm long, turning from green to brown|
|Plant type||Needled evergreen|
|Leaf||Colorful, Evergreen, needles, silvery blue-green, 2 – 2.5 cm,|
|Attracts||Hummingbirds and Bees|
|Plant growth||Slow growing plant|
|Sun||Full sun, light-loving|
|Required level of pH||Specifically Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral, 5-8.2|
|Drainage condition of soil||Well drained|
|Moisture in soil||Generally suitable for dry soil|
|Type of soil||All type of soil, however, if it is provided well-permeable and not too moist, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
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.
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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