Blue Atlas Cedar Fence
I designed and installed this "fence" using serpentine and hooked blue atlas cedars. I built an adjustable height support out of painted PVC, threaded steel rods, bamboo, nuts and washers so that the cedars could be trained in an appropriate way. This is one week after installation. The color of the cedar foliage perfectly complements the smoke tree, the Japanese maple and nearly any flower color. This is the back side, from the neighbor's property.
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Blue Atlas Cedar Fence “Weeping forms of blue atlas cedar bring a unique sculptural quality and brilliant color wherever they are planted. They are equally at home in Asian gardens and contemporary ones. In my own garden, I created a living fence with five weeping specimens (C. atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’), as shown here. If you purchase weeping specimens while they’re young, you can remove them from their stakes and reconfigure them.”
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula') This North African cedar is another workhorse in the garden. The species comes in many different forms, all wonderful, but most specialty nurseries will generally carry one of two weeping forms: either trained in a serpentine pattern and staked, or in a hooked pattern in which the tree bends and heads back toward the ground. Its powdery blue foliage is a perfect complement to the burgundy foliage of a Crimson Queen Japanese maple or a purple smoke bush. It is a slow grower but can eventually become quite large, so some training and pruning will be necessary. I created a living fence in my garden using five of these weepers trained along a horizontal pole. It's a wonderful backdrop for my perennials. A lone specimen is also great for anchoring of bed of burgundy heucheras, zones 4 to 9, or low-growing Purple Pixie loropetalums, zones 7 to 10. Add a patch of Japanese iris, zones 4 to 9, as the contrast between the weeping tree and the vertical iris makes a real statement. USDA zones: 6 to 9 Water and soil requirements: Average water; well-draining soil Light requirement: Full to partial sun Mature size: 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide in 20 years unless pruned; larger with age When to plant: Fall or spring