Trimming A Cedrus Atlantica Glauca Pendula - Knowledgebase Question

Fairfield, CA
Question by ambercarlson
May 11, 2004
I'm planning a garden and I purchased a 2-3' high weeping blue atlas cedar (the base zig zags up like the letter z and then the top droops down, so it may actually be about 3-4' long if measured straight).

The spot I plan to put it is about 5x4 andI am concerned it will get too big for the spot.

Can I keep it trimmed so it remains smaller?

It's in the front of my house by a walk way, so I don't want it to get to big. I just love the way it looks now. Any suggestions?

thank you

Answer from NGA
May 11, 2004


The tree you purchased will make a striking addition to your landscape. Although it is slow-growing, it can eventually reach 40' in height, with branches spreading 15-20' out. You can control the size by cutting the new growth halfway back in late spring but I'm afraid it will grow much too large for the area you describe, even if you prune it back every year.

I hope you can find another place in your yard for your new cedar - a site where it can grow without pruning, becoming the bold focal point and commanding the attention it deserves.

Best wishes with your garden!

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