Scientific Name: Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’
Nativity: Atlas Mountains of Africa
The weeping blue atlas cedar is a cultivar of the blue atlas cedar, another tree on the botanical tour. The scientific name of the cultivar means bluish-green (‘glauca’) and weeping (‘pendula’). The weeping nature is caused by soft, limp branches that bend under the weight of the leaves. Red-breasted sapsuckers are attracted to the trunks of these trees to feed on the sapwells. Look for a neat row of shallow holes in the trunk of the tree– this is a sign that a sapsucker was here! These holes also attract hummingbirds. The essential oil distilled from the branches of this tree is commonly used in jasmine-scented soaps.
DBH: 2.5 inches