Siberian Carpet Cypress, Russian Carpet Cypress
Microbiota decussata

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Microbiota (my-kro-by-OH-tuh) (Info)
Species: decussata (de-KUSS-ah-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Conifers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Rock Island, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hancock, Maine

Lenox, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Califon, New Jersey

Port Chester, New York

Syracuse, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2 reports)

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

East Port Orchard, Washington

East Wenatchee, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 15, 2014, bridgebaron from Chapel Hill, NC wrote:

I love this plant. It's beautiful in the garden and I am frequently asked for its name. It does turn a dark purplish color in the winter but has not suffered damage this year despite some record breaking low temps in NC. It's very hard to find locally and I don't understand why.

Positive

On Jul 25, 2006, woodsplantlady from Chesterton, IN wrote:

Deer do not touch this plant though they chow down on the holly next to it. I planted it during the hot summer of 2002; it is a vigorous grower in highly alkaline soil. I'm considering including it in a new Japanese-inspired garden.

Positive

On Jan 2, 2005, passarb from Syracuse, NY wrote:

This is a very hardy groundcover. Reputed to do poorly in the south.
OK in part shade.
Curious to see if deer find it appetizing

Positive

On Nov 30, 2004, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is an evergreen shrub, with seperate male and female cones. It can also grow in part shade. Cuttings taken in fall to early winter root best. It is best to take some cuttings because for no reason this plant may just die back to the ground and not come back. It's one downfall. The foliage does turn bronze when we have a very cold/windy winter but as soon as it warms up the foliage once again greens-up.