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'Horstmann' Blue Atlas Cedar

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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistant
 
  • Striking Blue Foliage: The blue needles of the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar are a unique and captivating feature, providing year-round color and interest in the garden.

  • Low-Maintenance: This cedar is a low-care option for gardens, requiring minimal pruning and fertilization, perfect for gardeners seeking beauty with less effort.

  • Architectural Structure: With its slow-growing, compact, pyramidal shape, this tree serves as an excellent focal point or background element in various landscape designs.

 

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The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar Dwarf, scientifically known as Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann', is a highly desirable evergreen conifer that adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. This compact tree is known for its striking blue needles and pyramidal form. With its slow growth habit and resilience to various environmental conditions, this cedar variant is an ideal choice for those looking to bring enduring beauty and structure to their gardens or landscape design.

Growth rate: Slow growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide, in 10 years.

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Pruning: Minimal pruning is required; however, any shaping should be done in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to support healthy growth.

Winter Protection: In colder zones, consider wrapping the tree with burlap or adding mulch at the base for added winter protection.


Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Prepare the planting area by adding organic matter for improved soil texture and fertility. Dig a hole twice the width and the same depth as the root ball. Gently place the tree in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Fill in the hole with soil, pressing down firmly to remove air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting to help establish the root system. Optional: Add mulch around the base to help retain moisture.

Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar thrives in full sun and prefers consistently moist soil. Regular watering is particularly important during dry seasons to keep the tree healthy.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 6-9

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9, making it adaptable to various climates. In colder zones, it may require some winter protection. In warmer zones, it’s an easy-care, low-maintenance addition to your landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is a dwarf cultivar of the Blue Atlas Cedar. It grows to a relatively modest size compared to its full-sized counterpart. Typically, the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar reaches a height of about 10 to 15 feet and a spread of about 6 to 10 feet after many years of growth. This slow-growing variety maintains a compact and pyramidal to conical shape, making it a suitable choice for smaller gardens or spaces where a full-sized Blue Atlas Cedar would be too large.

Caring for the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar involves several key practices to ensure its health and vitality:

Sunlight: This cedar variety thrives in full sun. It needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and health.

Soil: Plant it in well-draining soil. The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar prefers a neutral to slightly acidic soil pH but is adaptable to various soil types as long as they drain well.

Watering: Water the tree regularly after planting until it's established, typically for the first season or two. Once established, it is drought tolerant and requires less frequent watering. Deep, infrequent watering is better than frequent, shallow watering.

Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for evergreens. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for application rates and methods.

Pruning: Pruning is generally not necessary for this tree unless to remove dead or damaged branches. Any pruning for shaping should be done sparingly, as Cedars do not respond well to heavy cutting back.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.

Protection: In areas with heavy snow, provide some protection from snow load on the branches.

By following these care guidelines, your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar should grow well, adding a distinctive blue-green hue and a unique shape to your landscape.

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is a slow-growing cultivar. Typically, it grows at a rate of about 6 to 12 inches per year. This slow growth rate is one of the reasons why it remains relatively compact compared to other types of Atlas Cedars, making it a suitable choice for smaller landscapes or gardens where space is limited. The tree's full size, typically around 10 to 15 feet tall, is reached over several years.

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is best suited to a temperate climate and is hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9. It performs well under the following conditions:

Temperature: This cedar variety can tolerate a range of temperatures, from the cold winters of zone 6 to the warmer conditions of zone 9. It's quite resilient to cold once established.

Sunlight: It thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and health.

Soil Conditions: The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar prefers well-draining soil and can adapt to a variety of soil types, though it does best in soil that is neutral to slightly acidic.

Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for regions with occasional dry spells.

In summary, the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is adaptable to a variety of temperate climates as long as it receives adequate sunlight and is planted in well-draining soil. It's a robust choice for many landscapes within its hardiness zones.

Planting the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar involves several straightforward steps to ensure its healthy growth:

Selecting a Site: Choose a location that gets full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily) and has well-draining soil. Avoid areas with standing water or overly compacted soil.

Preparing the Hole: Dig a hole that's as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. This gives the roots room to spread out.

Preparing the Tree: If the tree is in a container, gently remove it, being careful not to damage the roots. If it's balled and burlapped, remove or cut away any wires or twine, and remove the burlap from the root ball.

Planting Depth: Place the tree in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the surrounding ground level. This helps prevent water from pooling around the base of the tree.

Backfilling: Fill in the hole with the excavated soil, gently packing it around the root ball to eliminate air pockets.

Watering: Water the tree thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and provide moisture to the roots.

Mulching: Apply a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, keeping it a few inches away from the trunk. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and regulates soil temperature.

Post-Planting Care: Water the cedar regularly during its first growing season, especially during dry spells, to help establish a strong root system.

By following these planting steps, your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar should get a good start in its new location, setting the stage for healthy growth in the years to come.

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar can be planted in a variety of landscape settings, as long as certain conditions are met. Here are the best places to plant this cedar variety:

Full Sun Location: Choose a spot where the tree will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Full sun is essential for its health and growth.

Well-Draining Soil: Ensure the planting site has well-draining soil. Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar does not tolerate waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root rot.

Space for Growth: Although a relatively compact cedar variety, it still needs space to grow. Consider its mature size – about 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide – and plant it where it will have room to expand without overcrowding.

Away from Utility Lines: Avoid planting it near underground utilities, septic systems, or under overhead power lines, as the tree's root system and height could potentially cause issues.

Landscape Design: It works well as a specimen plant in a yard or garden, thanks to its unique shape and blue-green foliage. It can also be used in a row for screening purposes or as part of a mixed border.

Protected from Strong Winds: While it's quite hardy, providing some protection from extreme winds can help maintain its shape and health.

By planting the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar in a suitable location with adequate sunlight, space, and well-draining soil, you can ensure it thrives and becomes an attractive feature in your landscape.

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is known for its good hardiness. It is rated for USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9, which means it can withstand a range of temperatures and climate conditions:

Cold Tolerance: It can tolerate cold down to the temperatures typical of zone 6, making it suitable for many regions with cold winters.

Heat Tolerance: In zone 9, it can also handle the warmer temperatures, although it prefers not to be in excessively hot or dry conditions.

Overall Resilience: This cedar variety is generally resilient to typical garden conditions in these zones, handling both winter chill and summer heat reasonably well.

Adaptability: While it's hardy, it's still important to plant it in well-draining soil and a full sun location to ensure its health and growth.

In summary, the Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is quite hardy across a range of temperate climates, making it a versatile choice for many gardeners in its suitable hardiness zones.

If your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is dropping needles, there are a few common reasons to consider:

Natural Shedding: Like all evergreens, Blue Atlas Cedars undergo a natural shedding process. It's normal for them to drop some of their older needles each year, typically in the fall. This natural shedding is usually not a cause for concern.

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can cause needle drop. Overwatering, leading to soggy soil conditions, can result in root rot, while underwatering, especially in hot or dry conditions, can lead to drought stress.

Soil Conditions: Poor drainage and improper soil conditions can stress the tree and cause needle drop.

Pests or Disease: Pests, such as spider mites, or diseases can also lead to needle drop. Check for signs of infestation or unusual spots on the needles.

Environmental Stress: Extreme weather conditions, such as prolonged drought, excessive heat, or cold, can impact the tree's health and lead to needle drop.

Fertilizer Burn: Over-fertilization can burn the roots, causing the needles to drop.

If your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is losing needles excessively or out of season, it's important to assess its growing conditions. Check for proper watering, soil health, signs of pests or diseases, and ensure it's planted in a suitable location. Addressing any care issues usually helps improve the tree's health and reduce unnecessary needle drop.

The Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is a sun-loving tree. It thrives best in full sun conditions, where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Adequate sun exposure is essential for the tree's health, growth, and the development of its characteristic blue-green foliage. While it can tolerate some light shade, too much shade can lead to sparse foliage, reduced vigor, and diminished color intensity.

If your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is turning brown, there could be several reasons for this change:

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can cause the needles to turn brown. Overwatering, leading to soggy soil, can result in root rot, while underwatering, especially in dry conditions, can cause the tree to become dehydrated.

Soil Conditions: Poor soil drainage can lead to root problems, which manifest as browning needles.

Pests or Disease: Infestations, such as spider mites, or diseases like needle blight can cause browning of the needles. Check for signs of pests or disease symptoms.

Environmental Stress: Extreme weather conditions, such as prolonged drought, excessive heat, or severe cold, can stress the tree and lead to browning needles.

Nutrient Deficiency: A lack of essential nutrients, particularly in poor or depleted soils, can affect the tree's health and lead to browning.

Natural Aging: It's natural for evergreens to shed older needles, which turn brown before dropping. This typically happens in the fall and is a normal part of the tree's life cycle.

To address the issue, assess the tree's watering schedule, soil conditions, and overall health. Make sure it's planted in well-draining soil and getting adequate water (but not too much). Also, check for signs of pests or diseases and treat accordingly. Proper care and adjustments can often help restore the health of your Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!