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Tree Climacium Moss (Climacium Dendroides)


Tree Climacium Moss (Climacium Dendroides)


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  • Climacium dendroides is commonly called Tree Moss. The name ‘Climacium dendroides’ already gives one of the characteristics of this moss: It looks like a small tree: Below with a more or less unbranched trunk, above with branches. What is concealed is the lying rhizome. The ‘trees’ of this moss can get rather high: The small wood on the picture consisted of about 10 cm high specimens.
  • Plants dark green to yellowish, glossy when dry.

Growing method: 

  • When planting in terrariums plant in an area that is not overly moist. Other places it fits well are rock gardens and covering for potted plants. Open terrariums are better. The closed systems have too little air circulation and less moisture. Often when growing moss outdoors, it likes fertile soil to grow in. When planting clear the area of weeds, plants, and debris. Smooth out soil and lightly dampen moss and dirt and press into the earth. Carefully step on moss to make sure it has good contact with the ground and on the edges. Plant in long or shady area gently waters 2 to 3 times daily. Make sure it can dry out or water less often. Continue watering regime when you want the moss to grown and spread in your outdoor garden.


  • Climacium grows in deep shade as well as partial sun exposures.
    C. dendroides is most frequent in damp places, especially where water levels fluctuate during the year. In its favoured habitats it can compete well with flowering plants in short turf. It grows at the edges of lakes and reservoirs, in dune slacks and turloughs (seasonal lakes over limestone), flushes, wet grassland, damp scrub and woodland. It is sometimes found in drier, base-rich or sandy grassland. It occurs rather rarely as a colonist of gravel pits and damp colliery spoil.

Size: About 5-10 cm


  • 1. Can be attached to almost any aquarium or terrarium decoration
  • 2. Low to moderate light requirements
  • 3. Little to no supplements needed


  • Temperature: 65° – 77° F (18.3° – 25° C)
  • PH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Lighting: Low to moderate
  • On the ground in woodland, but also on trees and logs, acid rocks etc.
  • Usually it thrives best in shady location

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