Atlas Cedar

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Cedrus atlantica
Atlas Cedar
Atlas Cedars near Khénifra, Morocco
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Cedrus
Species: C. atlantica
Binomial name
Cedrus atlantica
(Endl.) Manetti ex Carrière

C. libani subsp. atlantica (Endl.) Batt. & Trab.

The Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) is a large coniferous tree of the cedrus genus and is native to the Atlas Mountains of north Africa. It is conical in shape when younger and is a more open shape when mature. It grows to 40m in height. The bark is silvery grey with deep cracks. The leaves of the Atlas cedar are 2.5cm long, pointed, usually 4 sided and dark green to glaucous blue in colour. The female cones are 6-10cm long, barrel-shaped, green when young, becoming brown as they mature.[1]

Cedrus atlantica, Domaine de Mariemont, Belgium

References[change | change source]

  1. The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Ed., Christopher Brickell, Dorling Kindersley, London. 1996, ISBN 0751304360. p241