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  • Sapphire Nymph Atlas Cedar Base Size 1 Quart

Sapphire Nymph Atlas Cedar Base Size 1 Quart

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Sapphire Nymph 2020 Small Atlas Cedar Verigated Cedrus atlantica


A dwarf evergreen conifer with tiny silvery blue-green needles and striking creamy-white new growth. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 6' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5-9


Attribution from The American Conifer Society:

Cedrus atlantica 'Sapphire Nymph' / Sapphire Nymph Atlas cedar

RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES:7 (10 to 0 F / -12.2 to -17.8 C)

HORTICULTURAL STATUS: RHS Accepted CultivarORIGIN: Witch's BroomCOLOR: Blue TRINOMIAL TYPE: CultivarGROWTH SHAPE: SpreadingGROWTH SIZE: Dwarf: 1 to 6 inches (2.5 – 15 cm) per year / 1 to 5 feet (0.3 – 1.5 m) after 10 years


Cedrus atlantica 'Sapphire Nymph' / Sapphire Nymph Atlas cedar

Cedrus atlantica 'Sapphire Nymph' is a prostrate, bright Blue dwarf selection of Atlas cedar. Needles are about half the length of those seen in the species. Internodes between brachlets tend to be weak which not only gives the plant its flattened growth pattern, but also makes it a delicate plant. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall by 30 inches 75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 3 inches (2.5 - 7.5 cm).

[Talon Buchholz FloraWonder Blog] The needles are silvery-blue but the new growth is creamy-white. It glitters, like I guess a sapphire should."



Pat McCracken and his namesake nursery in Zebulon, North Carolina is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the late 1990s. McCracken propagated it from cuttings taken from a witch's broom found at the nursery. 'Sapphire Nymph' was was one of two plants selected in 2018 for inclusion into the ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year Program.