Dr. Elwin Orton from Rutgers University, NJ, developed this extremely dwarf plant. It has tiny dark green leaves and an irregular branching habit. A very nice companion plant for a dwarf conifer garden or rock garden. Also a great selection for bonsai. Recently it has become very popular for use in decorative patio planters. This species has been commonly used for landscaping in this region for many decades, most successfully in USDA zone 6 and warmer. Although not reliably hardy in northern New England, when properly sited it makes an attractive hedge, foundation plant, and even a small tree if left to grow naturally. Protect from temperature extremes by planting in sunny or partially shaded areas away from drying winter winds, near a building or at the edge of the woods. Mulching around the root area is also helpful to moderate temperature fluctuations. Foliage damaged by winter winds generally rejuvenates by mid spring unless the roots have been damaged. Grown for its distinctive form and foliage. This cultivar is female but berries are inconsequential. Adaptable to seashore conditions.
|Sub Categories||Shrubs-Broadleaf Evergreens, |
|Appropriate Setting||Seashore Condition, |
|Sun Exposure||Shade, |
|Typical 10-15 Yr. Height||1 Feet|
|Typical Mature Height||3 Inches|