Juniperus chinensis 'Armstrongii'Item #4680 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
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A wonderful upright evergreen for mass plantings, hedges, and screening, or by itself as a foundation or specimen plant. Slightly arching branches hold lacy-textured, light green that has great appeal both in its natural form, or clipped into formal shapes, and has steadfast color in cold weather.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and as wide, or wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sisPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and as wide, or wider.Foliage color:Light GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.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 PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Potentilla (Potentilla); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationHighly adaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to shape.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.