Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica ‘Glauca’)
The Blue Atlas Cedar is an evergreen conifer originating in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. It is closely related to the other cedrus species from Cyprus, Lebanon and the Himalayas.
Some botanist argue that they are regional forms of the same species, though most draw specific distinctions between the four.
Recognisable by its clusters of glaucus (bluish) needles and decorative upright cones, this large tree is popular and commonly planted in parks and large gardens. It gets too big for a smaller garden. Dulwich Park’s best example of this relatively fast-growing tree is to be found by the picnic area inside the carriageway, near the wildlife enclosure.
Head Gardener Ric Glenn says: ‘Visit it. Hug it. Love it!”