The Blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica glauca) has a distinctively bluish colored foliage. The trunk of the tree usually remains straight with branches radiating laterally. Older trees tend to become flat-topped. The branches of the tree tend to droop, slightly. The bark is brown and smooth, eventually forming a scaly, plate-like surface. The blue color to the leaves is due to a wax deposit which occurs on many species of conifers which grow in areas frequented by severe drought. Wood sweet-scented, oily, durable, uniform and easily-worked. Symbol of fertility.
See also description of Atlas cedar: http://marquandpark.org/657-atlas-cedar/
Common name: Blue Atlas Cedar
Scientific Name (family and order): Cedrus atlantica glauca (Endl.)Manetti ex Carr. (f.glauca Beissn., ‘Glauca’ (Pinaceae, Pinales)
Species Origin: Atlas mountains of North Africa, Algeria, Morocco.
New Jersey Status: USDA not listed
Habit: up to 59 feet tall; crown broad, irreular; rounded or flat in old trees. Principal branches long, broad with drooping tips.
Habitat: Zones 6 -9.
Trunk/Stem: Twigs downy; bark dark gray
Leaves: Evergreen; leaves remain in tree of 3 -6 years, needle-like stiff, pointed; lines of white dots on all surfaces; triangular on cross section. with a midvein and resin ducts. Needles on short shoots (spurs) in tufts of 10 – 60.
Flowers: Monoecious; Pollen and seed cones similar but may also occur on separate trees. Seed cones large, upright resinous, oblong; they mature in 2 – 3 years and then disintegrate leaving the cone axis terminating the shoot.
Fruits and seeds: Upright, erect cone.
Wood sweet-scented, oily, durable, uniform and easily-worked. Symbol of fertility.