Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Russian Arborvitae

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Low Evergreen
  • Scientific Name: Microbiota decussata Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Russian Arborvitae
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 1'
  • Habit: Low-spreading
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    A low-growing evergreen ground cover that should be planted in anticipation of a 6'-8' spread although if allowed will grow considerably larger. Unlike junipers, it has soft foliage and grows well in partial shade. The foliage turns purple-brown in winter.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Regular pruning on spreading type junipers is very important to maintain the desired size and to avoid makor reconstructive pruning.

    Cut back the most vigorous shoots inside the body of the plant where they meet another branch. This will reduce the size of the plant while maintaining a natural appearance.

    This type of pruning may be done prior to new growth in spring or in mid-July.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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