How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar is the perfect gift tree for any garden. If you are looking for something to mark a special occasion; a gift for a faithful friend; or something to give a fellow gardener, this tree is so rare and unique that you can be absolutely sure that whoever you give it too will not already have it. This tree forms a small plant, with a slightly pendulous form, on a sturdy short trunk, reaching an overall height of six feet or so. The foliage is a bold silver blue color, and the needles are not sharp and prickly, so even a child can safely touch it. Because it is on a short trunk it can be tucked into any sunny spot in the garden, with plants growing beneath it, or grown in a pot surrounded by annual flowers. It is evergreen, so no matter what the time of year it will always make a dramatic statement in the garden, and a fond memory of your beautiful gift
- Gorgeous unique and gift-worthy evergreen
- All-year-round dramatic silver blue foliage
- Moderate height fits into any garden space at all
- Hardy to minus 10 and drought tolerant too
- Thrives even in the hot and humid South
This tree thrives in all the warmer parts of the country and is hardy to minus 10 degrees. It will grow best in damper regions where the summers are not dry, although it is drought resistant once established. A sunny location suits it best to develop the strongest foliage color. This tree will soon become a treasured plant in any garden and a constant reminder of your thoughtful choice of a gift tree.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
- Mature Width 6
- Mature Height 6-8
- Soil Conditions Average
- Sunlight Full Sun
- Drought Tolerance Good Drought Tolerance
Evergreens make wonderful gifts, because they are long-lived, durable and permanent parts of any garden. However, some evergreens grow large and need a large garden to live in. So at The Tree Center we have a wide range of dwarf evergreens that fit into any garden, or can even be grown for years as container plants, so you never have to worry about your gift growing bigger than its welcome. One of our personal favorites is the Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar, which is such a beautiful plant you might decide to order two – one as a gift for a friend or family member and one as a gift for yourself.
With its soft needles in the perfect shade of silver blue, covering branches that spread out into an irregular mound, just seeing this tree will take your blues away. This tree will form a mound of branches, growing to about six feet in ten years and adding a few inches a year after that. It will never outgrow even a small space, yet it will always look beautiful. It will spread to about the same width as its height, avoiding the crowding some wide-spreading plants can create. To offer something really special, so the receiver of your gift will know how much you care, we asked our skilled gardeners to attach the tree to a strong trunk a few feet tall, to make a taller tree. This produces a plant with more options, and therefore a better gift with wider appeal.
Growing Divinely Blue Deodar Cedar Trees
Because our Divinely Blue Deodar Cedar Trees are taller, they can be used to give more height in a bed, without overpowering the surrounding plants. They can be a lovely foreground plant in a larger bed, with smaller plants placed beneath them. It can be used as part of the foundation planting around a home, where it will add height without blocking windows. It could also make a spectacular accent in a small garden, where something larger would be out of scale, and where many small shrubs are simply ground-hugging. This beautiful tree adds an extra dimension to any space. It will also live for years in a container, so it is great for someone who only has a terrace, courtyard, or a balcony.
The Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar starts the season with soft, pale grey green new shoots, a delicate start to the season. As the soft new foliage matures it turns a stronger, darker silver blue color, making a striking feature. The branches are horizontal, but the tips are more pendulous, so the overall effect is of a soft mound of delicate form that is not strongly pendulous, nor is it upright in a pronounced way. This unusual form makes the tree special and rare.
Planting and Initial Care
Your Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar will grow all across the warmer parts of the country, from zone 6 to zone 9, so it is hardy to minus 10 degrees, and does best in cooler, rainy areas that do not get very hot and dry in summer. Plant your tree in a sunny location to develop the strongest blue coloring and avoid planting on low-lying damp areas where the soil is often wet. Otherwise your tree will be happy in all kinds of soil, even sandy soil, and once established this is a drought-resistant plant. It does not suffer from any serious pests and diseases and does not need any trimming.
History and Origins of the Divinely Blue Deodar Cedar Tree
The ordinary Himalayan Cedar is seen in older gardens, where it grows into a tall tree that can be 100 feet tall and with a 10 foot thick trunk – far too large for any but the biggest garden. However, it has beautiful soft needles that cover the slender stems, and even in wild trees these can be bluish-green in color. By careful selection that leaf color has been developed into a stunning steel blue that is the perfect complementary color to everything in your garden.
As the name suggests, this tree grows wild in the Himalayan Mountains, from Kashmir all the way into China. The Chinese have grown the wild form of this tree in their parks and gardens for hundreds of years and the tree has been known in Europe and America since the early 19th century. This unique tree was discovered by Bill Devine, who had been a grower at a nursery in Maryland and continued his passion for plants after he retired. His name of course suggested the name for the plant, and it certainly lives up to that name! Interestingly, the official name is given to this tree by the conifer expert Don Howse is ‘Devinely Blue’, but this soon shifted to ‘Divinely Blue’ to most growers and gardeners.
Buying Divinely Blue Deodar Cedars at The Tree Center
Of course, in order to grow such an unusual plant, our growers have to be careful to take stem pieces from properly identified parent plants and join them to short stems of specially grown seedling Himalayan Cedars. It is not possible to grow this plant from seed, so don’t be fooled by plants labeled ‘Blue Cedar’ – they won’t be the true Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar. Indeed they will most certainly grow into large trees many, many feet tall.
So, no matter if you are looking to for an accent plant for a garden bed; a dynamic evergreen for foundation planting around your home; an exciting gift plant for family or friends; or something very different to grow in a large pot, the Divinely Blue Himalayan Cedar will have you anything but blue, admiring this elegant addition to your garden. This unique tree is rarely available and is only produced in small quantities, so our stock is limited. To give a unique and special gift, order now.