Cedrus atlantica

Atlas Cedar

A great specimen tree for parks and large spaces.

Features: Majestic and distinctive shape with spreading horizontal branches. Relatively hardy.
Applications: Parks, large avenue plantings.
Description Native to the Atlas mountains of Morocco and Algeria, the Atlas Cedar can grow to be a large, impressive tree. As a specimen tree its massive horizontal spreading branches give it a somewhat imperal stature ideal for parks or avenues, while its undemanding habit also means that it is generally quite hardy. Its grows deep roots, is heat tolerant and succeeds on basic soils, where it grows quickly for the first 10-20 years but slows as the central-leader trunk loses dominance and the crown spreads. Canopy and shape are then not dissimilar to that of a Larch, but this Cedar's mediteranean predisposition makes it a more suitable alternative for WA climates. Naming conventions vary widely, the Atlas Cedar is sometimes named Cedrus libani var. atlantica.
Availability: Currently unavailable
Mature height: 20-40
Mature spread: 8-12
Canopy: Initally loosely pyramidical, spreading with age. Moderate to dense shade.
Growth rate: Fast initially, slowing with age.
Cautions: Allow plenty of space. Least cold-hardy of the Cedars. Avoid overly heavy, damp or boggy sites.
Tolerances: Tolerant of heat, humidity and wind (better than Cedrus deodar). Handles urban sites. Widely tolerant of various and poor soils.
Sun demands: Grow in full sun
Soil demands: Most well drained soils including basic soils, sands, clays, acid to alkaline.
Water demands: Low-Moderate once established
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Pinaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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