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Northern Arizona University
PO Box 4087
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phone (928) 523-9100
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Northern Arizona University
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Flagstaff, AZ 86011
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Blue Atlas Cedar

blue atlas cedarCedrus atlantica var. glauca

Atlas Cedar is one of only four species of “true” cedars in the world, none of which, contrary to popular belief, are native to North America. What some people consider cedar in the U.S. are actually junipers. This “true” cedar is native to Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. They grow moderately slowly to 60 feet in the U. S., but may get as tall as 120 feet in their native range.

True cedars tend to have wide, spreading crowns, but this variety has more upright growth habit than other cedars. This variety has spectacularly silver-blue foliage and is a common landscaping plant throughout the West and U. S. The weeping variety is popular in landscapes in Flagstaff.

For more information on Blue Atlas Cedar, visit the links below:

Virginia Tech Department of Forestry
North Carolina State university Plant Fact Sheet
Burke's Back Yard



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