Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' / weeping blue Atlas cedar

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' is a fast-growing, irregular weeping selection of Atlas cedar with dense, cloaked branches holding clusters of powdery steel-blue needles. Its form is extremely controllable with training; often seen treated as espalier, ground cover, or most-often as a magnificent solitary specimen.

Even though plants can be slow to develop character, this is definitely not a dwarf conifer. Terminals can extend up to 2 feet (60 cm) on a yearly basis and, over time, will become a massive tree. It is extremely tolerant of xeric conditions and for best performance, must be sited in full sun.

This cultivar likely originated around 1900 as a seedling selected by Paillet Nursery, Chatenay France. Paillet with the assistance of Ludwig Beissner named and formally described it upon introduction to the nursery trade.

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' at the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington D.C., 2002.
Photo by Bill Barger
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendua' — a fantastic mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler