|A low, spreading evergreen coniferous shrub. The needles have the scale-like flattened pattern of Thuja. Bright green during summer, purple to brown over the winter. Does better in cooler climates, reaching 12 inches high, with a spread of 15 feet. Prefers moist, well drained soil and a sunny site, but tolerates some shade. Extremely cold hardy, it was discovered in 1921, growing above the treeline in Vladivostok, Siberia. Hardy to at least -40F.