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Microbiota decussata

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my-kro-by-OH-tah dee-koo-SAY-tah
Description

The Russian arborvitae is a dwarf evergreen conifer.  It forms a feathery groundcover with a graceful branch pattern.  Its genus name comes from the Greek micro meaning small and Biota an obsolete name for Platycladus.

It has feathery dull green foliage with a graceful branch pattern and soft texture; the foliage turns bronze to burgundy in winter when grown in sun  It has a small scale-like, awl-shaped leaflet; branchlets are arranged in flattened sprays. 

Plant in full sun to part shade; it requires moist well-drained soil. It is more shade tolerant than groundcover junipers.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Microbiota
    Species:
    decussata
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern Primorye
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 9 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    iny, spherical, berry-like cones with scales
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Grown for foliage
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    small scale-like awl-shaped leaflet; branchlets arranged in flattened sprays; bronzy-purple to burgundy to brown in winter
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank