The Q&A Archives: Same Tree Diiferent Look

Question: blue atlas cedar- on the 2 photos the tree look totally differant, why?

Answer: In the Monrovia descriptions, I see two photos. One photo shows the tree planted by a building. This is a tree that has been in place for some time, so it shows an idea of its mature habit. The other photo shows a much younger tree that has yet to fill in and grow much width. In seedling grown trees there can also be some variation from tree to tree in both color and overall shape but in youth this tree is just sparse compared to later. Please keep in mind that this is a long lived and slow growing tree, eventually it typically reaches 40 to 60 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide, although it can sometimes reach as large as 120 feet in height by 90 to 100 feet wide. These sizes are according to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants".

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