Common Name: cypress hebe
Origin/Ecology: Native to New Zealand.
Habit: Small irregularly shaped shrub with finely, but shortly branched stems.
Leaves: Stems covered with overlapping pairs of appressed, scale-like leaves. Decussate (4-ranked) sessile evergreen leaves.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers tiny, white, in very small clusters in the upper leaf axils, seldom produced. 4 petaled flowers.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, well-drained soil.
Exposure: Full sun. More sun and head increases flowering.
Landscape Uses: Winter interest, alpine gardens, poor soils, coastal conditions.
Limitations: Lives for 10 to 15 years on average.