Microbiota decussata (UBC Clone)Item #6161 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 7
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This very low growing, wide spreading shrub has a juniper-like appearance with bright spearmint green, feathery, scale-like foliage that develops a brown-purple hue in cold weather. A graceful, yet hardy evergreen that is well-suited for use in rock gardens or massed as lush, easy-care groundcover.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 18 in. tall, spreading 6 ft. more wide or more.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:my-kro-by-OH-ta de-kews-SA-taDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 18 in. tall, spreading 6 ft. more wide or more.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis graceful, hardy conifer offers color changes throughout the season. Ideal for banks and slopes as a groundcover. Use where there is rocky or thin soils. Most attractive when planted beside landscape boulders or clustered under shade trees to cover bare ground and crowd out weeds. Great in Asian-inspired gardens where it can be shaped or pruned many ways. Or plant in front of mixed conifer beds and rock gardens for its lovely green coloring.Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Barberry (Berberis); Forsythia (Forsythia); Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster); Euonymus (Euonymus); Russian Sage (Perovskia)
- CareCare InformationPrefers moist, well-drained soils in a partially shaded site. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Light Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This cold hardy species is native to Russia where it is found above the tree line in high mountains. The genus name translates from the Greek as "small tree of life".