Cedrus atlantica ‘Sapphire Nymph’ is a prostrate, bright blue dwarf selection of Atlas cedar. Needles are about half the length of those seen in the species. Internodes between brachlets tend to be weak which not only gives the plant its flattened growth pattern, but also makes it a delicate plant. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 1 to 3 inches (2.5 – 7.5 cm) per year, resulting in a flattened shrub 10 inches tall by 30 inches wide (25 x 75 cm) after 10 years in the landscape.
According to Talon Buchholz in his Flora Wonder blog,
The needles are silvery-blue but the new growth is creamy-white. It glitters, like I guess a sapphire should.
Pat McCracken and his namesake nursery in Zebulon, North Carolina is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the late 1990s. McCracken propagated it from cuttings taken from a witch’s broom at the nursery.