Conifer, evergreen, globose, dwarf shrub, slow growing, 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) per year, to about 4.5 ft (1.5 m) tall and wide in 10 years, may finally each a size of 10 ft (~2.5 m). Needles at the tip of branchlets are silver white, especially intense in fall and winter. Annual shearing is recommended to maintain compact growth and encourage new, white growth; this enhances the contrast with the older green foliage.
Sun (in northern climates) to partial shade, average watering, best on well-drained soils.
Hardy to USDA Zone 4
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the 1960s by Otto Gentsch of Long Island, New York. It was first introduced under the illegitimate cultivar name, 'Variegata Gentsch.' According to international rules [International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP)], cultivar names coined since 1959 should be in a modern language, i.e., they should not be Latin or Latinized, as many were in the past.
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