Blue Atlas Cedar Tree
Blue Atlas Cedar Leaf
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Blue Atlas Cedar Tree
Blue Atlas Cedar Leaf
Blue Atlas Cedar Additional Product Shot 56
Blue Atlas Cedar Additional Product Shot 57

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica 'Blue Atlas'
$225.00
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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.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

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.

The Details

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 60'
Avg Mature Width 40'
Spacing 30-40'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Blue
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

3' tall and slender in this size with good branching formed. Grown in our #5 or #6 tree container.

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Blue Atlas Cedar Tree
Blue Atlas Cedar Leaf
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