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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Cedrus atlantica.

Material uses

An essential oil obtained from the distilled branches is used in perfumery, notably in jasmine-scented soaps[1]. The essential oil also repels insects[1].

Plants can be grown as a tall hedge[2].

Wood - fragrant and durable[1]. It is prized for joinery and veneer and is also used in construction[3][1]. It is also used for making insect-repellent articles for storing textiles[1].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An essential oil obtained from the distilled branches is a good antiseptic and fungicide that stimulates the circulatory and respiratory systems and also calms the nerves[1]. The oil is also astringent, diuretic, expectorant and sedative[4]. Diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, and massaged into the skin it is used in the treatment of skin diseases, ulcers, chest infections, catarrh, cystitis and dandruff[5][1][4]. It is used as an inhalant for treating bronchitis, tuberculosis and nervous tension[5][1]. An infusion of the branches can also be used[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - collect the cones in winter and keep in a warm room until they open[6]. Sow immediately in a cold frame[7]. One report says that a short cold stratification of one month improves germination rates[8]. Keep the seed pot moist, but be careful because the young seedlings are very prone to damp off, keep them well ventilated[8]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Give them some protection from winter cold for their first winter or two outdoors[K]. Cuttings of terminal shoots can be tried in a frame in November but they are very difficult[8].

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Cultivation

Thrives on most soils, being very tolerant of chalk, dry sites and of drought when it is established[9][10][11]. Prefers a rich loam or a sandy clay in full sun[6]. This species is more tolerant of atmospheric pollution than other members of the genus[9].

Succeeds in warm dry areas with less than 40cm of rain a year, but also in areas with cool summers and up to 200cm of rain[11]. Small trees less than 50cm tall establish much quicker and better than taller trees, those more than 2 metres tall are difficult to establish[11]. Larger trees will check badly and hardly put on any growth for several years. This also badly affects root development and wind resistance[11]. Trees grow fairly rapidly, with height gains of 60cm in a year recorded[12]. This species is cultivated for its timber in some parts of S. Europe[13]. Small male cones are formed on the lower branches of trees, whilst the larger female cones are formed on higher branches[1]. These female cones persist on the tree for 2 - 3 years before breaking up[1].

Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cedrus atlantica. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Cedrus atlantica.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cedrus atlantica
Genus
Cedrus
Family
Pinaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.001.011.021.031.041.051.061.071.081.091.101.111.12 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.2 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  7. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.2 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.19.2 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  10. ? Rushforth. K. Conifers. Christopher Helm ISBN 0-7470-2801-X (1987-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.211.311.411.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  12. ? Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
  13. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)