This stunning evergreen conifer can be a very large specimen tree (to over 100 feet) in the landscape. Its young, silvery foliage turns vivid glaucous blue as it ages; the sharply pointed leaves are arranged in whorls. Female cones are green and can be up to 4 inches long; they ripen slowly over 2 years to pale brown. This tree needs a lot of space to reach its majestic potential.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSilvery blue foliage. Fissured silvery gray bark. Native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
CareNeeds a sunny, open site. Tolerant of most soil types, but must be well-drained. Heavy snow can break branches.
PropagationBefore sowing in spring, pre-chill the seeds in moist conditions at 32° to 34°F for three weeks.
ProblemsTip blight, pinewood nematode, root rot, stem cankers, die back, scale insects, pine sawfly, mealybugs, and caterpillars are possibilities.
- Genus : Cedrus
- Plant Height : 30 feet or more
- Plant Width : 30 feet or more
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Moisture : Dry
- Light : Full Sun
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Plant Type : Trees