• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:my-kro-by-OH-ta de-kews-SA-ta
    Plant type:Groundcover, Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 18 in. tall, spreading 6 ft. more wide or more.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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".