Cedrus libani 'Hedgehog' / Hedgehog Lebanon cedar

Cedrus libani 'Hedgehog' is a truly choice, attractive, dwarf selection of Lebanon cedar with layered, horizontally spreading branches holding exceptionally long, densely packed, rich dark Blue-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) wide and 2 feet (60 cm) tall, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

Like all members of this species, 'Hedgehog' is well suited to planting in hot sunny situations and is extremely drought tolerant. Conversely, it is known to be prone to fungal issues in parts of the world where heavy summer rainfall, hot nights and high humidity is the norm.

This cultivar originated as seedling selected in 2009 by Cedar Lodge Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Cedrus libani 'Hedgehog' — an exceptional specimen in a private garden in western Washington.
Photo by Jim Singer
Cedrus libani 'Hedgehog' — another example of a mature specimen in a private garden.
Photo by Ellen Smart



What is the root system like for the hedgehog? Will it put out roots that will lift the pavements

Maxwell Cohn

its root system is fibrous and radiating. A clump of daylilies would be more hazardous to a sidewalk.

Susan Holman

Will this plant do well in Zone 7a of Asheville, NC? Or will it more likely suffer fungal disease. Our summer nights are a bit cooler than days.

Daniel Spear

Hi Susan. I planted one two years ago near Bat Cave, NC zone 7b. It has not thrived, but has grown some. It is not in the best soil. I think a faster draining soil would help mine. No fungal problems.

Lori Fleckenstein

Hi, in in zone 9 in California, wondering if this is a good zone for the hedgehog. I have an area where a pine was taken down, and the trunk was ground out. There is soil there now but we don't have anything growing in that spot. Could a hedgehog be planted there, or would a barrel be better? Suggestions appreciated. Thanks Lori