Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' / Green Prince Lebanon cedar

Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' is a very dwarf, irregular growing selection of Lebanon cedar. Its rich, dark-green foliage is shorter than the type and very dense, hiding the shoots. It's branching has the same horizontal growth pattern as does the mature species, making it an excellent candidate for Bonsai work. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 4 inches (5 - 10 cm).

Wells Nursery of Mt. Vernon, Washington is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the late 1960s. Note that another dwarf Cedrus libani, 'Green Knight' is known in the nursery trade, but it is not a unique cultivar. It is believed to be an error in nomenclature that has persisted over many years.

Attribution from: Derek Spicer and Aris Auders; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012 Kingsblue Publishing

Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' in the Oregon Garden conifer collection, Silverton, Oregon, an ACS Reference Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' — a mature specimen in a large public arboretum.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' — the same plant in winter.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' — a young specimen in a private garden in Kansas. Picture from October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier


Susan Gore

can someone tell me about the Cedrus libani 'Green Prince', zone 6. I am in the Boston area and would like to get one. I am in zone 6, but larger versions are listed as requiring a zone 7. What is your opinion? thanks.