Russian Arborvitae (RAC) is a genus of evergreen trees native to Russia. They are commonly known as Russian Cypress or Siberian Cypress. RAC trees have been used for centuries in traditional medicine due to their medicinal properties, which include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and diuretic effects. These properties make them useful in treating skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.

The species of RAC are:

R. arboricola – Russian Cypress (Arbutus unedo)

– Russian Cypress (Arbutus unedo) R. acerifolia – Siberian Cypress (Acer rubra)

Siberian Cypress (Acer rubra) R. alnicoides – Alnico Cypress (Alnicotho pumila)

– Alnico Cypress (Alnicotho pumila) R. amabilis – Ambalium Cypress (Amabilis alba)

– Ambalium Cypress (Amabilis alba) R. pungens – Shore Cypress (Chamaecyparis pungens)

If you are in a colder climate, then RAC trees are best suited for you. They can survive temperatures as low as -34°C and can even grow in heavy snowfall areas. The older the tree is, the less likely it is to succumb to frost damage and other external conditions. They are slow growing evergreen trees that can reach up to 40 meters in height.

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