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Campus Gardens

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
Blue atlas cedar
Family: Pinaceae

A Blue atlas cedar is a rounded to conical shaped evergreen tree reaching 60-100' in height and about 40' wide at maturity. It is medium to fine in texture. This is an ornamental tree with wide spreading branches which bear whirls of 5-1" green to silvery blue needles that have an extra thick waxy layer and are more stout than other cedars. This tree also has 2-3" erect cones that are barrel shaped. The Atlas Cedar's growth is rapid, with an open stiff habit when young and becoming widely pyramidal to flat topped with age. The Atlas Cedar does best in full to partial sun, well drained soil and once established is drought tolerant. It has been used in reforestation projects in dry Mediterranean climates such as southern France and Spain. The Atlas blue Cedar is an aristocrat of trees, when mature it needs lots of room to spread its branches. The old Atlas blue Cedar make spectacular specimens when reaching 50-100 years old. Several young specimens can be seen near the west entrance gardens on the lawn beyond the stone wall adding contrast in color with its blue needles.

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