Common Name: Siberian cypress
Origin/Ecology: Native to Europe, southeastern Siberia
Habit: Oval-horizontal, growing to 0.7 m tall, 3 m wide. Shrubby groundcover
Leaves: Feathery, soft-textured, scalelike (infrequently awl-shaped) foliage is arranged in flat, fan-like sprays reminiscent of arborvitae (Thuja). Foliage is dark green in summer changing to bronze-purple in fall and winter.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Fruits are tiny, spherical, berry-like cones (to 1/4″ diameter) with woody-like scales.
Water Use, Soil: Average, moist but well-drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Best in cool summer climates. Prefers some afternoon shade in hot locations.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover for banks and slopes. Specimen or ground cover for rock gardens, shrub borders, or foundations. More shade tolerant than ground cover junipers.
Limitations: Pest and disease resistant. Can experience dieback.
Other Features: Does not smell like juniper.