Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' / golden Atlas cedar

Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' is a massive, upright, tree form of Atlas cedar with heavy, broadly spreading lateral branching and blue foliage that is frosted with gold on the upper surfaces, the intensity of which will vary with relative humidity and quality of sunlight. Full sun and the low relative humidity that is common in Mediterranean climates will bring out its best color.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 15 feet (4 - 5 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate in excess of 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar has been well known and very popular with conifer enthusiasts since the late 1800s. A.H. Kent first named and described it in 1900, in his book, Veitch's Manual of the Coniferae. It is of unknown origin.

Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' — received in 1904 from the renowned Veitch and Sons Nursery, United Kingdom. This specimen resides in the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' — a 1932 aAccession at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss

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