Gray foliage and fluidly pendulous form.

In the wild, Atlas cedar can get almost a hundred feet tall. Bluish gray or rarely yellowish cultivars which are popular for home gardens are generally more compact. Perhaps they could get as grand as wild trees after a few centuries. Weeping blue Atlas cedar, Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’ is an strange one. It can barely stand fifteen feet tall and wide.

The trunks and limbs of weeping blue Atlas cedar are initially so pliant that they sag onto the ground without support. New stems try to grow upward, and may do so for a few feet, or may hang downward after achieving only a few inches of height. Trunks need binding for either straight or serpentine form. They lignify slowly as they mature and gain caliper.

Weeping blue Atlas cedar requires commitment. Indiscriminate pruning or shearing ruins the naturally sculptural form. Such pendulous growth necessitates meticulous grooming, although it may not be necessary very often within spacious situations. Expanding trunks eventually absorb the curves of serpentine form. Low stems can sprawl over the ground.

4 thoughts on “Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

  1. This is one of those trees that our local landscape companies use a lot (& yet somehow we escaped at our house, although we do have 2 weepers–white pine and Norway spruce). In my neighborhood I can count at least 5 homes with them, including one atrocious instance where they were used as a type of screening hedge. No accounting for taste, I guess. But that’s not the trees’ fault!

    We also have a couple of instances of lovely mature ones–and a lovely, mature atlas cedar (not a weeping one). They manage to survive what the frozen north throws at them, I guess.
    Karla

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    1. They do well in Oklahoma. I was surprised to see them there. I think of them as Mediterranean trees. This particular cultivar was not so tacky decades ago, so I sort of learned to appreciate it. I liked how they were trained onto the undersides of bridges so that they could hang downward. No one puts them into appropriate situations nowadays. Almost all get planted as shade trees, and then shorn into those weird blue globs about ten feet tall. Gads, they are HORRID! I am confident that this specimen will be tended to accordingly.

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  2. A beautiful tree but I just looked up how hardy it is and it wouldn’t like our winters. I can imagine it would look even prettier covered in a dusting of snow or frost… but it can go below -20°C here some winters.

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    1. Oh my! I just mentioned in another reply that I saw them in Oklahoma, although the arborist I questioned about them did happen to mention that they do not grow as well as they do here, which could be relevant to the weather. However, I would guess that if frost were a problem, that they would not last long at all anyway.

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