I have a weeping blue atlas cedar in my yard that’s about four years old, and I’ve never pruned it or trained it because I didn’t know I was supposed to. Now that I know, I don’t know how to start. It is about 5 1/2 feet tall and droops to the ground. How do I start?

Answer

I assume that you already have in mind what you want it to be like; what shape you want to train it into. Blue Atlas cedar generally is trained into the shape it is in at the garden center; from there it grows first by drooping down to the ground, then eventually growing wider and sprawling out.

To prune it, I would recommend cutting back any branches that have outgrown your expectations for the plant; just make sure that you leave a sufficient amount of foliage on the tree. Also, make sure that there are still buds/growing twigs on the wood that you leave, so the tree can continue to grow.

Updated on May 28, 2018

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Growth Habit of Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar; What to Prepare for When Planting
By David Farrell
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