Re: [gardeners] Atlas cedar

David G. Smith (
Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:18:49 -0500

"world's most horrendously ugly" is not exactly high praise!  Maybe we
ought to rethink this choice.  


At 12:06 PM 1/30/99 -0400, you wrote:
>> Speaking of tree suggestions, we're thinking about an atlas
>> cedar for our front yard -- specifically, a weeping blue atlas
>> cedar.  Anybody know anything about them?
>> David
>I have a 15 - 20 year old one that I inherited with the house.  
>Aside from the fact that someone chopped off one of the main 
>(lateral) branches (the tree can be turned so that it can't be 
>seen), it's a large and much-admired specimen by those in the 
>know (several arborists & landscape designers).  Except IMO it 
>is one of the world's most horrendously ugly trees.  If you 
>would care to make me an offer, you are more than welcome to 
>come on up, help me remove it from the tie raised bed it is in, 
>ball it up ... it's yours.  I'll even make lunch and most likely 
>throw in a trunkful of perennial divisions (ask 'em what's been 
>here about how that works :).  Since it is in way less than 
>perfect condition, it'll be cheap for the price.  ;^)  There 
>were several Ratchet uses that did the poor tree no favors but 
>seems to have done it no great harm, either.
>Should you be interested, I'll put a photo of it up on the web.
>The only way I've been able to figure out how to use this thing 
>design-wise and not get ill everytime I look at it is to put it 
>raised & next to a waterfall. 
>What would you like to know about it?  It's growing in 
>part-shade, sandy, rather poor soil.  It's competing with a 
>carpet of 15 y.o. blue rug juniper for what little nutrition 
>there is ~ under a covering of landscape fabric and large red 
>"decorative" rock.  I've never fed the thing & it still grows 
>about a foot a year.  My sense is that one is hard-pressed to 
>kill the thing.
>Save me from further attempts at tree murder, please.  :)
>USDA Zone 6/5 ==> NW NJ
>Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.