Cedrus deodara 'Sander's Blue' / Sander's Blue Himayan cedar

Cedrus deodara 'Sander's Blue' is a fast growing, upright, tree form of Himalayan cedar with dense, pendant branching and stunning blue foliage. It is among the bluest known cedars in the nursery trade. In spring, it's first flush of new foliage is powder-blue that darkens with the season to steely gray-blue. It is also purported to be a bit hardier than most other Cedrus deodara cultivars. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall and 8 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of around 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected and introduced by Iseli Nursery of Boring, Oregon, USA.

Cedrus deodara 'Sander's Blue' — a row of plants in production at a Fernbrook Nursery, Bordentown, New Jersey.
Photo by Phin Tuthill


Anthony Danna

I am searching for a Blue Deodar Cedar that was planted at my parents home in 1923. It was cut down around 1990. I would like to replace it. the needles ware short and had a blue-green color. The limbs had a draping effect. Where is a good source for me to fine one of these trees- A 5 gallon size. Thank you for your help. Tony Danna

Dan Spear

Anthony, have you looked online? I see Western Evergreen Nursery in Silverton, Oregon has them for sale in #3 and #6. Are you an ACS member? If so, they allow you to purchase directly instead of going through a retailer.

Marie Friedmann

This is beautiful. I want one.
I wonder if it’s drought tolerant.