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Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica)
Posted on April 25, 2008 by Ash
Sometime last week I saw a conifer with these big solid looking cones. I was intrigued and plucked one off the tree. Fairly light but rock hard with a nice scent.
But what kind of tree has these weird cones? The Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) [aka (Cedrus libani var. atlantica)]!
It is a native of the Atlas Mountains in Algeria and Morocco and is apparently one of the most planted decorative conifers in Britain. Which makes it all the more surprising that I've never noticed one before.
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