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Cedrus atlantica, commonly called Atlas cedar, is an evergreen conifer native to the Atlas Mountains in northern Africa. M

It is one of the true cedars. Its habit is usually loose pyramidal when young, becoming more flat-topped with long spreading branches as it ages. Downy young shoots. The needles are curved toward the tip and held in tufted clusters. The female cones are ovoid to cylindrical in shape. Seed raised specimens vary in foliage color from green to silver-blue.

Cultivars in the Glauca Group are characterized by the blueish grey to blueish green color of their needles and are commonly called blue atlas cedars. Synonymous with C. atlantica ‘Glauca’ and C. atlantica f. glauca.

Specific epithet means from the Atlas Mountains in northern northern Africa.