Culture: Easily grown in average, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best performance is in cool summer climates. Prefers some afternoon shade in the hot and humid summers.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Siberian cypress (sometimes also called Russian arborvitae) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer that forms a shrubby ground cover to 8-12″ tall with indefinitely spreading stems that nod at the tips. May spread to as much as 10-12′. It is native to mountainous areas of southeastern Siberia. Feathery, soft-textured, scalelike (infrequently awl-shaped) foliage is arranged in flat, fan-like sprays reminiscent of arborvitae (Thuja). Plants also resemble in habit some of the horizontal junipers. Foliage is bright green in summer changing to bronze-purple in fall and winter. Fruits are tiny, spherical, berry-like cones (to 1/4″ diameter) with woody-like scales. Zones 3 to 7.
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