Cedrus atlantica 'Green Wave' / Green Wave Atlas cedar

Cedrus atlantica 'Green Wave' is a dwarf, flat, spreading selection of Atlas cedar with attractive, well-behaved symmetrical branching and species-typical blue-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) tall and 6 to 8 feet (2 - 2.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm), significantly more outward than up.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found on a 100-year-old Cedrus atlantica specimen at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even though it's pretty scarce in the nursery trade, 'Green Wave' is considered by many to be one of the more architecturally pleasing of the prostrate cedar cultivars.

Cedrus atlantica 'Green Wave' in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9b / Mediterranean climate).
Photo by Sara Malone
Cedrus atlantica 'Green Wave' — a stunning specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9b / Warm-Summer Mediterranean Climate)
Photo by Janice LeCocq

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