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Atlas Cedar

Atlas Cedar Tree
Named after the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa, the Atlas cedar is the only tree species native to Africa in Central Park. Birds love this evergreen tree for cover, nesting, and roosting. You can find the Atlas cedar west of the Reservoir between 85th and 90th Streets, and between the Center Drive and Chess and Checkers House.

Common Name: Atlas Cedar

Scientific Name: Cedrus atlantica

Origin: North Africa

Family: Pinaceae

Size: 40'-60' tall, 30'-40' wide

Form: Pyramidal

Culture: Prefers moist soil and full sun, with partial shade; tolerates drought


Green to gray needles


3"-5" catkins on lower branches (male), large purple catkins on higher branches (female)


3" barrel-shaped cones that stand erect along the branches


Gray and smooth