Cedrus atlantica'Glauca' is a very popular tree in the nursery trade. It is fairly fast growing with somewhat denser branching that that of the typical species. Its powder-blue needle-like leaves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) long (shorter than Cedrus deodara). Ascending branches create conical form in young trees. As plants mature, branching becomes denser and lower branches become more horizontal, forming a broad pyramid. Blue Atlas cedar is heat and drought tolerant and must be planted in full sun for best results.
After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 12 feet (3 - 4 m) tall and 4 to 5 feet (1 - 1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 24 inches (30 - 60 cm).
This cultivar originated as an exceptionally Blue tree selected in the wild in the Atlas mountains of North Africa and has been in cultivation in France since the 1860s.
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' - young pollen cone.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler