Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann's Silberspitz' / Horstmann's silver-tip Atlas cedar

Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann's Silberspitz' is an intermediate-growing, narrowly upright, tree form of Atlas cedar is species-typical layered, symmetrical branching and foliage that flushes creamy white, which contrasts beautifully with the blue-green needles of past seasons. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 to 12 feet (2.5 - 4 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 - 30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1990s by Günther Horstmann and introduced to the nursery trade through his family nursery in Schneverdingen, Germany. Plants found in the U.S. nursery trade often lack the Horstmann name on the plant tag. In the German language, Silberspitz translates into silver-tip.

Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann's Silberspitz' — a young specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by Sara Malone
Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann's Silberspitz' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sara Malone