This stunning evergreen conifer can be a very large specimen tree (to over 100 feet) in the landscape. Its young, silvery foliage turns vivid glaucous blue as it ages; the sharply pointed leaves are arranged in whorls. Female cones are green and can be up to 4 inches long; they ripen slowly over 2 years to pale brown. This tree needs a lot of space to reach its majestic potential.
Silvery blue foliage. Fissured silvery gray bark. Native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Needs a sunny, open site. Tolerant of most soil types, but must be well-drained. Heavy snow can break branches.
Before sowing in spring, pre-chill the seeds in moist conditions at 32° to 34°F for three weeks.