Cedrus – Cedars

The cedars are some of the most useful and beautiful of conifers but once again must be planted with care, as most species grow extremely large in time. All have spirally arranged tufted leaves and, with age, large cones.

The Atlas or blue cedar, Cedrus atlantica glauca, is one of our most attractive conifers but it grows too large to be considered ideal for the average suburban garden. At ten years it will be 10 to 15 ft. high; at maturity 100 to 120 ft. Most plants on sale will be grafted and will need a cane or stake to train the leading shoot upwards. Once over 5 to 6 ft. it will find its own way upwards with no further assistance. This variety has striking blue foliage but there is a golden and much slower-growing form aurea which is a worthwhile garden plant.

Cedrus atlantica glauca

C. deodara, the Himalayan or Deodar cedar, is a graceful and imposing tree but I cannot stress too much that with such large-growing trees — at ten years it will reach 10 to 15 ft. and ultimately 130 to 150 ft. — it is sometimes better to avoid the temptation to try it in a small garden. Its branches, which are clothed in long green needles or leaves, droop at the tips and the leader is typically arched in growth.