Cypress - 'Russian/Siberian'
Extremely hardy, shade tolerant, low-spreading evergreen that has the leaves of a cedar tree in shape of a junioper!,
Russian Cypress in a Garden Bed
Russian Cypress in a Garden Bed
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Botanical (latin) name: Microbiota decussata
Zone 2
Height - 1ft (0.3m) Spread 4ft (1.5m)
summer leaf colour - emerald green Fall leaf colour - copper/bronze
Cones - 2mm long Bark - brown rough
Blossums - none Fragrance - none
Habit - Ground hugging Placement - Partial to full shade, moist well drained soils
Why would you want this shrub? Excellent ground cover for shady locations

An incredible evergreen groundcover shrub that is an extremely hardy low growing spreader looks like someone crossed the foliage of an arborvitae with the growth habit of a spreading juniper. It should be planted in partial to full shade.

The Russian Cypress has emerald green foliage that turns an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the cones nor the bark are ornamentally significant.

This shrub is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. It is relatively low maintenance and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed.

The Russian Cypress will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both partial and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

Fascinating Foliage Facts

The plant is native to a limited area of the Sikhote-Alin mountains in Primorsky Krai in eastern Siberia (Russian Manchuria). Although the plant was discovered in 1923, political secrecy in the former Soviet Union prevented any knowledge of its existence outside the country for around 50 years.

Single Plant
Single Plant

Summer Foliage
Summer Foliage

Price last updated on Feb 09, 2014 Listing of Evergreens

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