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Microbiota decussata /Russian Arborvitae

Microbiota decussata   / Microbiota decussata
Spreading shrub
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Spreading shrub

Close-up image of arborvitae foliage

A nice specimen growing in an Upstate New York arboretum

Broad spreading shrub used as a ground cover

A close-up image of the foliage

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Scientific Name: Microbiota decussata
Common Name: Russian Arborvitae
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: A small, evergreen to semi-evergreen, woody ground cover. Performs best in moist, well drained soils; but will grow in poor, dry, thin soils. Foliage bright green in spring and darker green in summer however, it turns bronzy in fall and winter. Good in raised planters, wall plantings and foundation plantings.