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Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite'

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SAY-drus day-oh-DAR-ah
Description

The dwarf conifer, Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' is grown for its attractive foliage.  It can grow in both full sun to light shade, but is at its best in when grown in part shade.  That part shade will result in the white foliage being more intense. A mature specimen will reach a height of 3' and a width of 2.5' wide.  Its annual growth rate can range from 3" to 4".  Growth can be controlled somewhat with the watering methods in place.  It will tend to grow quicker if irrigated.  Locating it in an area that does not receive irrigation during dry periods will help to keep the plant at a smaller size.

Once established, it is considered to be drought tolerant.  Protection from winter winds is imperative.  In hot climates, some afternoon shade is appreciated.

Over a period of time, a leader may develop, however, the plant can be pruned to retain its attractive mounding shape.

With the proper growing condition provided, its life expectancy can be over 50 years.

Quick ID:  

  • All Cedrus genus members have new needles that are born singly on stems
  • Needles are triangular to quadrangular in cross-section
  • Female wood barrel-shaped cones sit on top of branches

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  None noted.

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#evergreen#drought tolerant#needles#conifer#showy leaves#variegated leaves#dwarf#cpp#mounding#needled evergreen#needled#long lifespan#rounded#compact habit#wind damage prone
 
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#evergreen#drought tolerant#needles#conifer#showy leaves#variegated leaves#dwarf#cpp#mounding#needled evergreen#needled#long lifespan#rounded#compact habit#wind damage prone
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cedrus
    Species:
    deodara
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    British Columbia
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 8 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Irregular
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Description:
    Featuring reddish/brown barrel shaped cones. Insignificant.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Grown for its foliage, the flowers are insignificant.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    New growth is creamy white, aging to pale yellow
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Recreational Play Area
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil