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  • Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar Base Size 1 Quart Air Pot

Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar Base Size 1 Quart Air Pot

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Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar Upright Intermediate Blue

Botanical Reference: Cedrus Atlantica


A narrow upright evergreen conifer with very short, dazzling blue needles. Much more garden worthy than the common "blue Atlas cedar." Introduced from Germany. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 7' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5-9


American Conifer Society Attributes:

Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann' / Horstmann Atlas cedar

RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES:6 (0 to -10 F / -17.8 to -23.3 C)9 (20 to 30 F / -1.1 to -6.7 C)

HORTICULTURAL STATUS: EstablishedORIGIN: Seedling SelectionCOLOR: Blue TRINOMIAL TYPE: CultivarGROWTH SHAPE: Broad Upright or OvalGROWTH SIZE: Intermediate: 6 to 12 inches (15 – 30 cm) per year / 5 to 10 feet (1.5 – 3 m) after 10 years


Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann' / Horstmann Atlas cedar

Lacking the space for the massively growing Blue Atlas cedar? Horstmann nursery in Germany found the solution!

Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann' is a comparatively slow-growing, narrow selection of Atlas cedar that grows with multiple leaders and layered horizontal branching that holds attractive, powder-blue needles. It is a highly recommended option for those who like the look of the blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'), but lack a landscape of sufficient size to support such a massive plant.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).



This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the 1970s by Günther Horstmann Nursery of Schneverdingen Germany.