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Northern Pride Russian Cypress

Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride'

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Northern Pride Russian Cypress (Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride') at Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc.

Northern Pride Russian Cypress

Northern Pride Russian Cypress

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Northern Pride Russian Cypress (Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride') at Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc.

Northern Pride Russian Cypress

Northern Pride Russian Cypress

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Russian Arborvitae

Description:

An incredible evergreen groundcover shrub that will take the gardening world by storm, this extremely hardy low growing spreader looks like someone crossed the foliage of an arborvitae with the growth habit of a spreading juniper; quite tolerant of shade

Ornamental Features

Northern Pride Russian Cypress has emerald green foliage. The scale-like leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Northern Pride Russian Cypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Northern Pride Russian Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Northern Pride Russian Cypress will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features