Blue Atlas Cedar is one of those fairly common plants that, more often than not, is used incorrectly. Somewhere along the line it got labeled as a tall, narrow plant that could be used in tight quarters.
At this beautiful home a Blue Atlas Cedar was planted about 5′ from the foundation. Even at this plant’s young stage of growth, it’s already encroaching into the house.
If you look-up Blue Atlas Cedar you’ll find that it matures in the neighborhood of 50 to 75′ high and 35 to 50′ wide (pic to the left). You see where I’m going with this, or should I say “where the tree is going”.
Knowing these facts about the tree, here are the homeowner’s options: A) Transplant the tree sooner than later to a wide, open area, or B) Commission an experienced person in pruning to keep this plant as compact and “stunted” as possible for as long as possible. Maybe…just maybe the plant will be controlled enough in that space for 10 years or so.
The logical solution is to transplant the Blue Atlas Cedar, but if you consider the cost of “professionally” moving a tree like this, the decision is not so clear. I’d estimate the move to be between $900 and $1200.
Have you ever used Blue Atlas Cedar? If so, in a tight narrow space? Let us know what your experiences have been in the comments below.