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 show of ivory-white new growth which later turns creamy-yellow in summer. While a leader will develop with age, the plant will remain small and compact, as compared with the species. Typical growth rate for most climates is 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) a year producing a small, shrubby specimen approximately 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2.5 feet (75 cm) after 10 years in the garden.

William Goddard of Floravista Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada discovered 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 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