Cedrus atlantica are distributed in Morocco (Rif, Middle Atlas, and northeastern High Atlas) and Algeria (Aurès, Belezma, Hodna, Djbel Babor, Djurdjura, Blida and Ouarsenis) at elevations of 1300 to 2600 meters above sea level. It is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 9. Atlas cedar is a large coniferous evergreen tree which reaching up to 30 m tall with to 1.5 m in diameter trunk and pyramidal crown when young.The branchlets are pale yellow-brown, pubescent in 1st year, thereafter dark gray. The leaves on short branchlets in apparent fascicles of 19-28, dark green, linear, quadrangular in cross section, 15-35 cm x 1 mm,. Seed cones tinged purple before fertilization, pale brown at maturity, 7 x 4 cm.