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Cedrus atlantica

Common Name: Atlas Cedar

Family: Pinacae 

Collection Number: 
Entry Author:  C. Westring
Description: Evergreen needle conifer; Crown pyramidal, with few branches
Silvery bluish or green, usually  not longer than 2.5 cm
Cylindrical, with level or concave top, 5-7 cm long, up to 4 cm wide, glossy, light brown
Gray and smooth for 20-30 years, eventually developing a plate-like pattern
Branching Pattern:  Strongly ascending and relatively short; leading shoot erect and bent at the tip
Height: 40 meters high, 2 meters wide
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Prefers moist, deep soils, but tolerant of dry, sandy soils; Full sun is best
Range:  Morocco and Algeria: the Atlas and Riff Mountains
Zone:  6 and protected parts of 5
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:
  Not threatened
Uses (Human):  Ornamental use in parks and avenues; used for furniture

Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

UConn Plant Database



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