Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Blue Atlas Cedar
(Cedrus atlantica)

Donated by Ernie and Ann Henson
Tree Map Location: # 122


Blue Atlas Cedar  tree Atlas Blue Cedar  leaf Atlas Blue Cedar  bark


Leaf: Evergreen needles, blue-green to silvery blue, generally under 1 inch long, occur singly on new growth, but tightly whorled on spur shoots.  
Flower: Blue Atlas Cedar has Monoecious flowers blooming is spring, not showy. Female cones are thicker than male cones, purplish, erect, borne on top sections of tree. Male cones are 2-3 inches long on lower part of tree.  
Fruit: Short, stout upright cones with deciduous scales, 2 1/2 to 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, waxy purplish green while developing, turning brown at maturity, mature over two years.  
Twig: Slender, finely hairy, brown with numerous spur shoots, branches droop with age, current year twigs are brown, green.  
Bark: bark is smooth and gray, later darkening and developing fine flat scales.  
Form: Medium sized tree to 40 to 60 feet in height, broadly pyramidal crown, develops into a stunning flat-topped tree with horizontal branching. It looks odd if lower branches removed.  
Source: USDA National Forest Service Fact Sheets  
Website: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st133

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