Cedrus deodara 'White Imp' / White Imp Deodar cedar

Cedrus deodara ‘White Imp is a slow-growing, conical dwarf selection of Himalayan cedar. Each spring the plant puts on a show of bright-white new growth which holds on strongly well into the summer. Although it will develop a terminal leader with age, the plant will remain small and compact when compared to the species. Typical growth rate in most climates is 2-3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) a year producing a dwarf, shrubby specimen approximately 2.5 feet by 2 feet (.07 x .05 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,‘Silver Mist’ and ‘Snow Sprite’ from the same seed batch, with 'White Imp' being the most dwarf of the three. This cultivar 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 'White Imp' at the conifer collection of Foxhollow, Dorset, UK.
Photo by Stephen Grubb