Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' / Snow Sprite Himalayan cedar

Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' is a small, tight, irregularly mounding selection of Himalayan cedar. Each spring the plant puts on a dramatic show of ivory-white new growth which later turns creamy-yellow in summer. While a leader will develop with age, this conifer will remain relatively small and compact, especially when compared to the species. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2.5 feet (75 cm) wide an annual growth rate in most climates, of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

William Goddard of Floravista Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada introduced this very distinctive plant in the late 1960s. He selected this cultivar as well as sister seedlings, 'Silver Mist' and 'White Imp' from the same seed batch. 'Snow Sprite' looks and performs best when grown in part shade, differing from many white conifers in that the white is actually more intense when given a little more shade.

Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' in the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Iseli Nursery
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' — a 2004 accession in the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); found in the Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection; photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' — a fairly young specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' — a young specimen in a private garden in Kansas in July.
Photo by David Stegmaier



The deer destroyed the leader when rutting last fall. Will this affect it growth form? Thank you.

Maxwell Cohn

it'll look funny for a few years, but it should recover in time. Conifer leaders get broken all the time and they always create new ones with no help from us.