Cedrus, a genus of coniferous, evergreen and monoceious (having both male and female reproductive organs in the same plant) trees in the Pinaceae family, are known for their attractive foliage that retains its color year-round. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, each with its own distinct growing requirements, cedar trees are versatile and grow in a wide range of soil types. Known for their commanding heights, many cedars are ideal to grow in parks, along large plots of land for a windbreak or as specimen trees.
Accent or specimen trees create a focal point in the landscape and are ideal planted alone to showcase their attractive foliage and shape. The Atlas cedar, an evergreen that has a picturesque shape and grows up to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide, is an ideal accent tree. Atlas cedar trees are versatile, heat tolerant and tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. They are striking in appearance, with blue to green needles and broad branches. They grow best in full sun to part shade and are ideal in USDA zones 6 to 9.
Evergreen trees like cedars make ideal privacy fences along back and side yards. When planted in masses along the landscape, trees like Japanese cedar create a living screen to shield the home from wind, keeping the house warm and landscape private. Japanese cedar trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 25 to 30 feet wide with a pyramidal shape. Japanese cedar trees tolerate a wide range of soil types and are easy to grow. Their blue to green foliage is smooth to touch and takes on a dramatic bronze tinge in winter. Japanese cedar trees are suitable in zones 5 to 9.
Dwarf cedar trees are ideal for container gardens. Because they remain small and can be pruned into any shape, they are good flanking a front door or the entrance to a garden path or pergola. Slow-growing dwarf cedar trees like Danica and globe cedars have a rounded shape and are easy to grow and maintain. Their compact form won’t overtake the container.