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For bringing a sense of grandeur to spacious, sunny properties, the magnificent Blue Atlas Cedar has no parallel. Trim and pyramidal in youth, this choice specimen evergreen tree eventually develops a rounded outline, its massive branches spreading horizontally like arms outstretched in a regal gesture. The steely blue needles hold their intense color all year-round, shining brightly even in the depths of winter. Plant this long-lived legacy tree for today and for posterity. You and your family will enjoy it for years to come, while future generations will praise you for your foresight in choosing such a noble tree.
- Hardiness Zone: 6-8
- Spacing: 30-40'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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President Jimmy Carter designed and helped build a tree house for his young daughter Amy on the grounds of the White House. Jimmy Carter’s love of nature took root at an early age and he spent much of his own childhood in his tree house. The grand Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica), growing on the South Lawn was selected for the project. Using no nails he designed a unique self-supporting tree house that would not harm this historic tree. Amy was able to enjoy slumber parties in her tree house with friends. Closely monitored from the ground by secret service agents of course.
Lost when it comes to planting evergreens in your landscape? You need a Blue Atlas Cedar! This beautiful specimen is bluish green in color and is relatively fast growing in its younger years (it slows down as it ages, not unlike myself), and displays horizontally spreading branches. Quite an eye-catcher and so graceful to boot!
How to Grow
Blue Atlas Cedar spreads out its broad limbs in the mountains of Algeria and Morocco (the atlantica in its botanical name refers not to the Atlantic Ocean, but to the Atlas Mountains). Because it is adapted to North Africa, it tolerates much hotter and drier weather than most evergreen trees can. It doesn’t like windy situations, however, and winter cold is certainly a limiting factor in some areas. There are gorgeous specimens at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, but where winter lows approach -5°F, growing this tree becomes a dicey proposition.
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