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Northern Pride Russian Cypress (tree form)

Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride (tree form)'

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Northern Pride Russian Cypress (tree form) (Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride (tree form)') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride' (tree form)

Microbiota decussata 'Northern Pride' (tree form)

(Photo courtesy of Bachman's Wholesale)

Height: 5 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 2a

Other Names: Russian Arborvitae


An interesting tree form of this variety, this extremely hardy conifer is an excellent choice as an accent tree or low screen; vigorous and adaptable to different soils, provided there is good drainage; quite tolerant of shade

Ornamental Features:

Northern Pride Russian Cypress (tree form) 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 (tree form) is an evergreen dwarf tree, selected and trained to grow in a small tree-like form with the primary plant grafted high atop a standard. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf tree, 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 (tree form) is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Northern Pride Russian Cypress (tree form) will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This dwarf tree 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 zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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