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How to Grow Blue Atlas Cedar Trees in Full Sun or Shade

By Frank Whittemore ; Updated September 21, 2017

The blue atlas cedar tree's interesting form, large size and distinctive color make it a good choice for planting in residential settings in either full sun or partial shade. It is relatively tolerant of pollution, and can handle urban and suburban environments. Blue atlas cedar can be difficult to transplant, and is best started from container-grown plants. The method for planting is the same for either partial shade or full sun, as long as the area selected is protected from wind and other elements.

Select a planting area that will provide sufficient room for the tree to spread as it grows. The location should provide full sun or partial shade. Full shade is not recommended. Also, the location should protect the tree from excessive exposure to wind and cold. Ensure that the soil is well draining.

Dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the size of the container. Remove the tree from the container and center it in the hole.

Back fill the hole, ensuring that the level of the soil from the container is even with ground level.

Mulch around the tree. Water thoroughly to moisten the soil. Water the tree regularly during the first year to keep the soil moist but not wet, allowing the tree to become well-established.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel


  • Refrain from pruning the tree in the first year until the tree has become established. The appearance of blue atlas trees is often best when left unpruned.

About the Author


In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.