Atlas cedar

species of plant

The Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) is a large coniferous tree of the cedrus genus and is native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. It is conical in shape when younger and is a more open shape when mature. It grows to 40m in height. The bark is silvery grey with deep cracks. The leaves of the Atlas cedar are 2.5 cm long, pointed, usually 4 sided and dark green to glaucous blue in colour. The female cones are 6–10 cm long, barrel-shaped, green when young, becoming brown as they mature.[2]

Atlas cedar
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Atlas cedar (Ifrane, Morocco)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Cedrus
C. atlantica
Binomial name
Cedrus atlantica
(Endl.) Manetti ex Carrière
Cedrus atlantica range.svg
Distribution map

C. libani subsp. atlantica (Endl.) Batt. & Trab.

Cedrus atlantica, Domaine de Mariemont, Belgium


  1. Thomas, P. 2013. Cedrus atlantica. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <>. Downloaded on 13 July 2013.
  2. The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Ed., Christopher Brickell, Dorling Kindersley, London. 1996, ISBN 0751304360. p241