Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. high with equal or more spread.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Easy Care Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis
Plant type:Conifer
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. high with equal or more spread.
Foliage color:Light Green
Blooms:Does not flower
Garden styleAsian/Zen
Design IdeasUpright Juniper such as this are planted at corners of the house or in spaces between windows and beside doorways. Use as a single specimen either left to grow naturally or clipped into a formal shape. Great barrier hedges for driveway separation or to discourage pedestrian traffic. Makes a good hot or cold windbreak hedge for seating areas, but short enough so it won't block sunshine or views.
Companion PlantsArmstrong Juniper should be planted with shrubs that display interesting seasonal effects against its unchanging character. Try Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus 'Compactus') for fall color. Enjoy bright holiday berries on foundation planting with the Lowboy Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy'). In hot inland deserts, pair with Turner's Carnival Oleander (Nerium oleander Turner's CarnivalTM) for pretty pink spring flowers.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
There are over sixty species in the genus Juniperus. This group was named for its point of origin, central and northern China where it grows in the mountains up to 10,000 feet. The Chinese produced a number of cultivars that found their way west early on, yielding an array of colors, forms and sizes. Extensive breeding ensued in the United States and Canada for more creative forms to flesh out the limited palettes of cold climate landscapes.
Lore:
Juniper berries were the original flavoring for gin and its oil has been utilized in a variety of industrial preparations.