Microbiota decussata Curpressaceae
Russian Arborvitae, Siberian Cypress mi-kro-bi-O-ta day-ku-SA-ta
- Conifer, evergreen ground cover, low and wide spreading, 1 ft high (30 cm) but 9-12 ft (ca. 3-4 m) wide,
somewhat reminiscent of Juniperus horizontalis, however its branch tips nod downward which makes it
easy to differentiate it from spreading jumpers, whose branch tips tend to point upward. Scale-like
or awl-shaped leaves in opposite pairs, each leaflet small and pointed, dull green in summer, bronzy-reddish
- Full sun to light shade. Grows in a wide range of soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Discovered near Vladivostok, Russia in 1921.
- Microbiota: micro, small, biota, Greek
name of genus Thuja; decussata: leaves in pairs, each pair at right angle to
the pair above or below.