Atlas Cedar

Scientific Name: Cedrus atlantica

Atlas Cedar Tree

Attributes

Evergreen

Plant Family

Pinaceae

Origin

North Africa

Form

Pyramidal

Plant Size

40-60 feet tall, 30-40 feet wide

Description

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 & Checkers House.

Atlas Cedar Leaf

Leaves

Green to gray needles
Atlas Cedar Fruit

3 inch barrel-shaped cones that stand erect along the branches
Atlas Cedar Flower

Flower

3-5 inch catkins on lower branches (male), large purple catkins on higher branches (female)
Atlas Cedar Bark

Bark

Gray and smooth