Cedrus deodara 'Silver Mist' / Silver Mist Deodar cedar

Cedrus deodara ‘Silver Mist’ is a mounded conical bush of creamy white foliage. Each spring the plant puts on a show of bright-white new growth that will occasionally burn in hot sunny situations. However with subsequent growth flushes the white foliage will be much more stable. In older plants a terminal leader will develop, but the plant will remain medium sized and compact as compared to the species, making it appropriate for smaller landscapes. Typical growth rate for most climates is 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) a year growing wider than tall, producing a small, shrubby specimen approximately 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) after 10 years in the garden.

William Goddard of Floravista Gardens, Victoria, BC, Canada discovered this very distinctive plant in the late 1960s. He selected this cultivar as well as sister seedlings, ‘Snow Sprite’ and ‘White Imp’ from the same seed batch, 'Silver Mist' being the fastest growing of the three, but a true dwarf conifer nonetheless.

Cedrus deodara 'Silver Mist' Plant in mid summer at Stanley and Sons Nursery, Oregon, USA.
Photo by Stephen Grubb
Cedrus deodara 'Silver Mist'
Photo by Stephen Grubb



Wow mine have never looked like that. Wonder if mine are mislabeled? Or if it is just that they are in a hotter environment.

Maxwell Cohn

hard to say. I have one in my garden that's virtually identical to the examples in the gallery.


Could you tell me what this tops out at? (height and width)?

Maxwell Cohn

After 10 years, it'll be 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. It takes many decades (or centuries) for a conifer to "top out." In the case of 'Silver Mist', it'll grow 4 to 6 inches every year for an extremely long time. Just do the math depending on your timeline.

Web Editor

In my experience it grows at the top end of that range. Even though mine isn't as flashy as the photo, it's still an extremely attractive tree.


I saw one I'm interested in getting but it looks quite different, yes pyramidal but more tall and narrow and its needles are all very silvery, not at all white. It is beautiful