Microbiota decussata

Scientific name: Microbiota decussata


Common names: “Siberian carpet cypress” “Russian arbor-vitae”

Plant Type: Evergreen conifer shrub


Zone: 3-7

Light: Full sun – semi-shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Moderately fertile soil

Moisture: Moist – average well drained


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Plant Size: H 1.5-3′ W 7-10′

Leaf and Stem shape: Wide, dense mat of small scale-like leaves turning bronze-purple in winter

Flower: Inconspicuous flowers followed by brown-yellow tiny conesImage result for microbiota decussata

Pruning: Little / no pruning required

Maintenance: Low – zero

Landscape use: Banks and slopes, groundcover, rock gardens

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

Comments: ~AGM winner, harder to find than it was a few years ago, monoecious plant, has seperate male and female flowers on the same plant

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