Tree of the Month - Blue Atlas Cedar
As we enter the dormant winter season, let’s look at one of our recommended evergreen trees-the Blue Atlas Cedar.
Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica
Characteristics: This evergreen conifer with silvery-blue foliage makes an excellent specimen tree. This species also works well as a wind block and privacy tree. Its short, stiff needles grow in large clusters along its sweeping, horizontal branches. Trees grow to a height of 40-60 feet and a spread of 30-50 feet depending on the space given to grow. It will grow green male cones that turn brown as they mature, and also produces purple female cones. These are somewhat slow growing trees which develop a pyramidal form as they mature.
Hardiness Zone: Zones 6-9
Requirements: Full sun is best for the Blue Atlas and it is drought tolerant when established. Give this tree plenty of room to grow to allow it to reach its full potential and size. This tree is tolerant of hot and humid conditions and prefers acidic, loamy soils.
Pest Susceptibility: Root rot and cankers. Additionally, Sap Suckers are attracted to the Blue Atlas Cedar, leaving holes in the trunk that can leave the tree more vulnerable to fungal infection.
Give us a call to add one of these beautiful evergreens to your landscape!