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
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' — an old meticulously pruned specimen used in an urban landscape on the grounds of Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus.
Photo by Ellen Smart

Comments

Robin Cronin

I don't know if this is the tree that I have but it looks like the pictures I have seen--Cedrus Atlantica Glauca Pendula --weepy, maybe 6' tall, the branches have small groups of needles kind of like tufts. It is mostly droopy, but it has a couple of branches that stand out straight from the top but don't droop. The tree is planted by my front door, so I'd prefer that the branches droop rather than stick out...do I trim them off or do something else? Thank you for any advice you have on how to care for or maintain the shape of this tree.

David Olszyk

This is a pretty aggressively growing plant. I'm not sure that it's appropriate to site it so close to the house. You can prune it, but you have to be vigilant. Take a look at the examples in the galleries. These things get pretty massive!

Nadia

At my parents house there is a very large one of these in our yard, about as tall as our one story house! We want to propagate it. Is it possible to do this from cuttings and what is the best method? I have only seen information on seed propagation on the internet.