Russian Arborvitae is a soft, flat growing evergreen that has plum colored winter foliage. Microbiota decussata's summer color is delicate fern-like green. Great in dry shade, where it spreads extensively. Native to the Sikhote-Alin mountains of far-eastern Russia where it grows above the timberline on bald peaks. It will not tolerate wet conditions. Foliage is bright green in summer changing to bronze-purple in fall and winter.